“Dark Christmas” haunts Ukrainians amid the growing electricity crisis


“Dark Christmas” haunts Ukrainians amid the growing electricity crisis

The Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, is trying to restore basic services, especially electricity, before the Christmas holidays.

Today, Saturday, Kyiv resumed basic services after Russian air strikes targeted vital infrastructure.

According to international news agencies, residents began to move in the foggy city and prepared for the holiday season amid uncertainty.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said today, Saturday, that his country managed to restore electricity to nearly 6 million people in the past 24 hours, after violent Russian strikes on the electricity generation system.

“Repair work continues without interruption after yesterday’s attack,” Zelensky added in a video clip.

This comes as the mayor of Kyiv, Vitaly Klitschko, said that a quarter of the city’s areas are still without heating, but the metro network in the city has returned to service, and the water supply has been reconnected to all residents by this morning.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky inspects the aftermath of the Russian bombing

Klitschko revealed that about a third of the city is still without electricity, explaining that periodic outages will continue to be applied in emergencies to save energy, because the electricity deficit is large.

Ukrainian officials said that Russia on Friday launched more than 70 missiles at Ukraine, in one of the largest bombing operations since Moscow launched its invading military operation on February 24, which led to emergency blackouts across the country.

Celebrate Christmas shyly

The war has not stopped Ukrainians from trying to celebrate Christmas. On Saturday, officials reopened a famous pedestrian bridge damaged in an earlier air raid in a dark winter haze and placed a smaller-than-usual Christmas tree in a central square.

The vast space in front of the centuries-old St. Sophia Cathedral is traditionally decorated with a giant evergreen tree at Christmas.

But this year, officials chose a 12-meter artificial tree decorated with energy-saving lights powered by a generator.

Klitschko said donors and companies had paid for the tree, and that no public celebrations would be held.

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