The Ukrainian capital in survival mode after the recent Russian missile attack: residents without water, electricity

The Ukrainian capital of Kyiv is in survival mode after a brutal series of Russian airstrikes left most citizens without electricity, drinking water or both.

About 70 percent of the city was without power as of Thursday morning after Russia’s latest rocket fire, officials said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Thursday the recovery process in the capital and other affected areas is ongoing and officials are focused on “gradual restoration of electricity, heat, water and communications.”

People walk in the city center devastated after yesterday's Russian rocket attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Thursday, April 11, 2022.

People walk in the city center devastated after yesterday’s Russian rocket attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Thursday, April 11, 2022.
(AP Photo/Evgeny Maloletka)

“The most difficult situation is in the Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Dnepropetrovsk, Lviv, Poltava and Kharkiv regions. But together with the power supply of the critical infrastructure, we also ensure the water and heat supply,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly speech.

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He also said areas that suffered total blackouts as Russian forces targeted Ukraine’s electrical infrastructure are coming back to power.

“Every hour we supply new consumers with electricity,” he said. “Energy workers, utilities, companies – everyone is doing their part to bring the light back on. This is really a nationwide task – Ukraine is working on it as united as possible.”

People collect water in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, 11-24, 2022.

People collect water in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, 11-24, 2022.
(AP Photo/Evgeny Maloletka)

Residents have been forced to find shelter and warmth where they can, including restaurants and facilities that survived the attack unscathed.

Oleksiy Rashchupkin, a 39-year-old Kyiv resident, said he lost power in the attack but was able to find a cafe that was open with power.

“I’m here because there’s heat, coffee and light,” he told the Associated Press. “Here is life.”

In Kyiv, where some residents have been forced to use buckets to collect potable rainwater, the coming winter months bring a whole new challenge – but their determination is undisputed.

Ukrainians say Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attacks won’t break them.

“No one will compromise their will and principles just for electricity,” said Alina Dubeiko, 34, who was also at home without electricity, heating and water.

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As the Russian invasion passed the nine-month mark on Thursday, Dubeiko said she would rather remain powerless than live under Russian rule.

“Without light or you [Putin]? Without you,” she said, echoing Zelenskky’s comments on Oct. 10 when the rocket fire began.

A woman walks in the city center devastated after yesterday's Russian missile attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Thursday, April 11, 2022.

A woman walks in the city center devastated after yesterday’s Russian missile attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Thursday, April 11, 2022.
(AP Photo/Evgeny Maloletka)

While Kyiv is recovering, other cities, notably Kherson, have suffered the heaviest bombardment since being recaptured by Ukrainian forces two weeks ago.

At least five people were killed in the Russian missile attack on the city.

Night strikes outside the city of Zaporizhia destroyed a Ukrainian maternity hospital and killed a two-day-old baby, officials said.

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“In the night, Russian monsters fired huge rockets at the small hospital maternity ward in Vilniansk. Sadness overwhelms our hearts – a baby was killed just born. Oleksandr Starukh said in the telegram on Thursday.

Russia’s attacks continue to cause nationwide blackouts, although it claims it is targeting vital infrastructure enabling Ukraine’s military. However, Ukrainian officials say Russia’s attacks have resulted in a myriad of damage to civilian areas, including homes, roads, hospitals and schools.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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