Not even 50 percent of the country’s electricity needs are currently being met following a massive Russian missile attack on Ukraine this week.

Power operator Ukrainergo said the priority is fixing key infrastructure. But repairs are now taking longer.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the most difficult situation is with electricity and water supply in 15 regions, including the capital Kyiv.

Winter is beginning with snow and sub-zero temperatures across Ukraine. It is feared that people across the country may die of hypothermia.

About 70 percent of Kyiv residents woke up Thursday morning without electricity.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko is not ruling out the worst-case scenario of a Russian attack. He told BBC Ukrainian that the capital city of Ukraine would be left without electricity, heat and water.

Ukrainian authorities say they are gradually restoring electricity and water supply to normal conditions in all regions of the country.

Roman Namet, a resident of Kiev, told the BBC at 3pm local time on Thursday, ‘The water is slowly coming. No electricity yet.’

“Finally, they (authorities) have provided electricity – that too after more than 24 hours,” he later said.

Another resident, Tonya, said she has been without electricity for 48 hours. In his words, ‘I have water today, and that too is a weak connection. But still no electricity and heat.’

Russia has launched missile strikes in Ukraine in recent weeks. Russia launched an attack on Ukraine’s energy network and infrastructure on October 8 in retaliation for a major explosion and fire on Europe’s largest rail and road bridge connecting Russia with the Crimean peninsula.

Russia launched its heaviest airstrikes in Ukraine since the start of the war last week, the BBC reported. Those attacks also targeted Ukrainian energy infrastructure and civilian buildings.

(25 November/FA)