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Ukraine accuses Russia of attacking power grid to avenge offensive

Ukraine In response to a swift weekend attack by Ukrainian troops accused the Russian military of attacking civilian infrastructure, which prompted Russia to abandon its main stronghold in the Kharkiv region.

Ukrainian officials said the targets of the retaliatory strikes included water facilities and a thermal power station in Kharkiv, and that it led to widespread blackouts.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter late Sunday: “No military facility, goal is to deprive people of light and heat.”

US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink also condemned the attacks.

“Russia’s clear response to Ukraine to liberate cities and villages in the east: sending missiles to attempt to destroy critical civilian infrastructure,” Brink tweeted.

Moscow denies that its military intentionally targets civilians.

Zelensky described Ukraine’s invasion of the northeast as a potential breakthrough in the six-month-old war, and said that if Kyiv had more powerful weapons, there could be more territorial gains in the winter.

In the worst defeat for Moscow’s forces since being driven from the outskirts of the capital Kyiv in March, thousands of Russian soldiers left ammunition and equipment as they fled the city of Izyum, which they used as a logistics hub. did.

Ukraine’s chief commander, General Valery Zaluzny, said the armed forces had gained control of more than 3,000 square km (1,158 sq mi) since the beginning of this month.

Moscow’s nearly complete silence on the defeat – or any explanation for what had happened in northeastern Ukraine – provoked significant anger on social media among some pro-war commentators and Russian nationalists. Some on Sunday called on President Vladimir Putin to make immediate changes to ensure a final victory in the war.

‘Crazy Revenge’

Zelensky said late Sunday that the Russian attacks led to a complete blackout in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, and a partial blackout in the Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy regions.

“They are unable to reconcile themselves to defeat on the battlefield,” wrote Dnepropetrovsk governor Valentin Reznichenko on Telegram.

The deputy head of the presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, posted an image on Telegram of the electrical infrastructure, but additional power was restored in some areas.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov described Sunday’s attacks as a “whimsical revenge” for the success of Ukrainian troops at the front, especially in Kharkiv.

Ukraine’s gains are politically significant for Zelensky as he seeks to keep Europe united behind Ukraine – supplying arms and money – even after cutting Russian gas supplies to European customers this winter. Even as a crisis.

Zelensky said that the Ukrainian army would continue to advance.

“We will not stand still,” he said in a CNN interview recorded Friday in Kyiv. “We will move slowly, slowly.”

Russia Ukraine Firefighters work at the 5th Thermal Power Plant damaged by a Russian missile attack, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on September 11, 2022. (Reuters/Vyacheslav Madyevsky)

‘Snowball rolling down a hill’,

Defense Minister Oleksey Reznikov said Ukraine needed to secure withdrawing territory against possible Russian counterattacks on extended Ukrainian supply lines. He told the Financial Times that the Ukrainian army could be surrounded by new Russian troops if they move too far.

But he said the offensive was far better than expected, describing it as a “snowball rolling down the hill”.
“It’s a sign that Russia can be defeated,” he said.

Kyiv-based military analyst Ole Zhdanov said the gains could bring another push into the Luhansk region, which Russia claimed in early July.

“If you look at the map, it is logical to assume that the offensive will develop in the direction of Svatov – Starobelsk, and Svyerodonetsk – Lisichansk,” he said.

TASS reported on Saturday that the head of Russia’s administration in Kharkiv asked residents to evacuate the province and flee to Russia. Eyewitnesses said people were leaving Russian-held territory in a traffic jam.

The head of the Luhansk People’s Republic, Leonid Pasechnik, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that Ukrainian forces were attempting to enter an area that has been occupied by Russian forces since July.

“Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups with the aim of provoking and intimidating our citizens have not stopped their attempts to infiltrate the territory of the republic,” he said, “there has been no withdrawal from the positions held by the republic.”

The Pentagon on Thursday appeared to be taking a cautious public posture with the Pentagon in reference to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s remarks about Kyiv’s “encouraging” battlefield successes.

Britain’s defense ministry said on Sunday that fighting continued around Izium and the city of Kupiansk, the only rail station supplying Russia’s frontline in northeastern Ukraine, which Ukraine’s military has withdrawn.

nuclear reactor shut down

As the war entered its 200th day, Ukraine on Sunday shut down the last operating reactor at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant to prevent devastation nearby.

Russia and Ukraine accused each other of shelling around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya plant, threatening the release of radiation.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said a backup power line to the plant had been restored, making it necessary to turn off external power, while hedging against the risk of a meltdown.

French President Emmanuel Macron told Putin in a phone call on Sunday that the capture of the plant by Russian troops was a compromise to its security, the French president said. According to a Kremlin statement, Putin blamed Ukrainian forces.

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