Ukraine War: Water supply and metro services restored in Kyiv after rocket attacks

Kyiv, Ukraine

Water supplies and the metro were restored in Kyiv, but officials continued working on Saturday to return heating to all residents of the Ukrainian capital, a day after a barrage of Russian missiles slammed into the city.

“The water supply has been restored for all residents of the capital. Half of Kyiv’s residents already have heating and we are working to restore it for all residents of the city,” the city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said in a post on Telegram on Saturday.

Klitschko also said that two-thirds of Kyiv residents had regained electricity.

“Electricity is now available to two-thirds of Kyiv residents. However, the emergency power outage schedules still apply. Because the power shortage is severe. Energy engineers are demanding to continue saving electricity,” Klitschko added.

During a power outage, people board a crowded bus at a public transport stop in Kyiv.

A renewed barrage of Russian rocket attacks on Ukraine on Friday morning put the entire country on air alert. People sought shelter as explosions rang out overhead, strikes hit critical infrastructure and cut power.

In Kyiv, Klitschko reported explosions in the Desniansky district of the capital.

CNN teams in Kyiv reported hearing explosions and seeing and hearing rockets on Friday. They also heard how the air defense systems in the Ukrainian capital worked.

In downtown Kryvyi Rih, rescuers pulled the body of an 18-month-old boy from the rubble of a block of flats destroyed by a Russian missile on Friday. Valentyn Reznichenko, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, said Saturday on Telegram.

The boy’s parents and a 64-year-old woman were also killed, according to local officials. Another 13 people, including four children, were injured, Reznichenko said.

More than 100 people lived in the destroyed block of flats, according to Oleksandr Vilkul, head of the military administration of the city of Kryvyi Rih. She and residents of neighboring houses who also suffered damage are being cared for in temporary accommodation, he said on Friday.

In the northeastern city of Kharkiv, Oleh Syniehubv, head of the regional military administration, said that “critical infrastructure facilities” were hit in Chuhuiv district on Friday.

Parts of Ukraine’s railway system in Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Donetsk and the Dnepropetrovsk region were without power after the rocket attacks, and spare diesel locomotives replaced some services.

Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said nine power generation plants were damaged in Friday’s attacks and warned of more power outages.

Russia’s ongoing and pervasive attacks on Ukraine’s energy grid have left millions of civilians without, at least temporarily, electricity, heating, water and other essential services during the bitter winter months.

Repeated rocket and drone strikes since October that have damaged or destroyed civilian infrastructure are part of a Kremlin strategy to terrorize Ukrainians and violate martial law, experts say.

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