Up to half of Ukrainian energy facilities disabled, says Ukrainian PM Shmyhal
Russia continues missile strikes on critical civilian infrastructure of Ukraine (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)
Almost half of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure facilities have been disabled as a result of Russian missile strikes, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said, news agency Ukrinform reported on Nov. 18.
"Unfortunately, Russia continues missile strikes on civil crucial infrastructure of Ukraine, fighting against civilians by leaving them without power and water supply, heating and internet connection amid upcoming winter," Shmyhal said.
He said Russia launched about 100 missiles at Ukrainian cities on Nov. 15 alone.
"Almost half of Ukrainian energy facilities have been disabled," Shmyhal said.
The prime minister stressed Ukraine needs more support with additional equipment for the energy system and additional funding to buy more gas and for other needs of the energy industry of Ukraine.
On Oct. 18, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia had disabled about 30% of Ukraine’s power plants in its mass missile and air strike of Oct. 10.
After a few relatively quiet weeks, Russia carried out the largest missile and drone attack on Ukraine and Kyiv, on Nov. 15.
The Ukraine's Air Forces spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat claimed it was the largest Russian strike on civilian infrastructure since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
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