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Ukrainian energy facilities under persistent Russian attack: reports

18.11.2022 12:00
Ukraine's energy infrastructure was under persistent attack by Russian missiles and drones on Friday, according to news reports, with Russia targeting sites in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, the central city of Dnipro and Odesa in the south.
A residential building damaged by Russian forces in the village of Chekassky Tyshky in Ukraines northeastern Kharkiv region, November 17, 2022.
A residential building damaged by Russian forces in the village of Chekassky Tyshky in Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region, November 17, 2022.Photo: EPA/SERGEY KOZLOV

In the eastern Donetsk region, Russian forces have been reinforced by troops withdrawn from Kherson City, which Ukraine recaptured last week, the Ukrainian military said in a statement on Friday.

It reported that Russian forces fired artillery strikes on the town of Bakhmut and nearby Soledar, among other locations.

Russian fire also hit Balakliya in the northeastern Kharkiv region, which Ukraine recaptured in September, and Nikopol, a city on the opposite bank of the Kakhovka reservoir from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the Reuters news agency reported, citing Ukrainian officials.

About 10 million people without power: Ukraine's Zelensky

Ukrainian authorities said they were working to restore power nationwide after days of heavy Russian bombardment of civilian infrastructure.

About 10 million people were without power, with emergency blackouts ordered in some places, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address on Thursday evening.

Russian forces 'partially vulnerable to Ukrainian interdiction campaign': ISW

According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russian forces in the eastern part of Ukraine's southern Kherson region were "likely partially vulnerable to a Ukrainian interdiction campaign such as the one Ukrainian forces successfully exploited to retake western Kherson Oblast."

Meanwhile, Ukrainian troops "continued targeting Russian military assets and concentration areas on the east bank of Kherson Oblast and in the rear areas of Zaporizhia Oblast," the Washington-based think tank said in its latest analysis of Russia's military campaign in Ukraine.

Friday is day 268 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


Source: PAP, Reuters, understandingwar.org, ukrinform.net