Ukraine is under a full scale nuclear emergency after Russia issued a fresh barrage of missile strikes across parts of Ukraine and Kyiv is completely out of water and electricity as critical infrastructure has been targeted.
At the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine a number of units were shut down as a result of the missile strike causing loss of power, Ukraine’s nuclear energy firm Energoatom confirmed.
Power units of South Ukrainian, Khmelnytskyi and Rivne nuclear power plant’s are also disconnected from the power system, according to initial reports.
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Should these reports be confirmed as accurate then this will be of grave concern to Kyiv, NATO and their allies.
However, Ukraine’s state-run nuclear energy firm Energoatom has confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that a total of three nuclear power plants have been switched off due to Russian attacks.
Oleksandr Suprunyuk, the mayor of the city of Netishyn which is near the plant said, “Stopping the units. There is no electricity, water, possibly heat.”
The company said in a statement, that “due to a decrease in frequency in the energy system of Ukraine” emergency protection was activated at the Rivne, Pivdennoukrainsk and Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plants.
“Currently, they (power units) work in project mode, without generation into the domestic energy system,” Energoatom said.
— MAKS 22🇺🇦 (@Maks_NAFO_FELLA) November 23, 2022
Defence analyst Professor Michael Clarke told Sky News that Vladimir Putin is “trying to take out all electricity in Ukraine to leave the country with no power during the winter.
Three people killed in Kyiv. Total blackouts throughout Ukraine. Damned terrorists. pic.twitter.com/aChY6h0Bcw
— Maria Avdeeva (@maria_avdv) November 23, 2022
“One of the best ways the West can help now is to help the Ukrainians repair the system as the Russians are attacking it.
“It’s a new dimension of the war, which is just really getting serious from this week.”
The Ukrainian President’s deputy chief of staff Kyrylo Tymoshenko said the air strikes which hit Kyiv has left at least one person dead and another injured as a two story building was hit by a missile.
Smoke is rising after a rocket hit in Kyiv.
Kyiv mayor confirmed that an infrastructure object was hit in Kyiv.
We see that often as well.
Several districts of Kyiv are without electricity and water after the hits.
We need air defense systems and combat planes. pic.twitter.com/jXt4Sdnq1P
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) November 23, 2022
He added, “Rescuers are already providing assistance to the victims and are working on eliminating the consequences.”
Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko posted on Telegram, that “one of the capital’s infrastructure facilities has been hit.”
Klitschko is urging people to “stay in shelters! The air alert continues.”
As a result of the air strikes on Ukraine Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu tweeted, “Massive blackout in Moldova after today’s Russian attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.”