Ukraine has worked to restore power after a Russian missile attack caused power outages across the country. Local time, the country is freezing cold and the temperature is gradually dropping.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said most of the 70 missiles Moscow had fired had been shot down. However, these attacks have damaged the infrastructure of Ukraine.

National electricity supplier Ukrainergo said in a major telegram that power cuts were announced in all regions ‘due to the attack’. There is no doubt that the Russian military consulted Russian electrical engineers during the attack to determine where the missiles would hit.

The timing of the attack by the Russians, he noted, was linked to their desire to inflict as much damage as possible. Volodymyr Kudrytskyi told a Ukrainian news program that the attacks were launched as the country entered a period of “extreme snow”. Our repairmen will work to restore the power system.

About half of Ukraine’s power system has been damaged by attacks for months, with people spending hours in the cold and dark as outside temperatures plunge below zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit).

As missiles rained down on Kiev, UN rights chief Volker Turk, who arrived in Ukraine on a four-day weekend visit, had to move his meeting with activists to an underground shelter.

Zelensky announced in his nightly address that four people had been killed in the Russian attack. But “our people will never give up,” the president said in a video statement.

Moscow blamed Ukraine for drone strikes in Russia’s Saratov and Ryazan regions that blew up two of its airfields and killed three soldiers.

At the same time, Russia has launched a ‘massive attack on Ukraine’s military command system and associated defence, communications, power and military installations’.

(06 December/DM)