The war is at a stalemate, says Ukraine’s intelligence chief

The war is at a stalemate, says Ukraine’s intelligence chief

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Another wave of Russian missile strikes left several Ukrainian regions without power on Thursday, as crews across the country raced to restore power as the New Year holidays approached.

Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said infrastructure in Kyiv, in north-central Ukraine, and Odesa, in the south, had been damaged by the barrage and suffered emergency power cuts – when electricity is shut off protectively to reduce damage from network short circuit.

“Today, the enemy carried out another massive attack against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure,” Halushchenko said in a Facebook post. “Unfortunately, there are failures in the production facilities and power transmission networks. As of 11:00 a.m., the situation is severe in the western part of the country, Odesa and Kyiv regions.”

Forty percent of Kyiv residents were without power, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said Thursday, adding that this was due to security measures taken by utilities during the air raid alert and that they were now working to restore services. “The city supplies heat and water in normal mode,” Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging platform.

Authorities in Odessa, in southern Ukraine, said there were emergency power outages amid the rocket attacks. “They are introduced due to the threat of missile attacks to avoid significant damage if the enemy manages to hit energy facilities,” DTEK, a utility company, said in a statement.

This was said by the mayor of Lviv Andrii Sadovy in Western Ukraine 90% of the city was left without powerwarning that the city’s water mains could also stop working.

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