Russian missile strikes have knocked out power for 1.5 million Ukrainians: ‘total darkness and cold are coming’

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A man looks at a building hit by a Russian missile strike, on October 21, 2022 in Bakhmut, Donetsk oblast, Ukraine.

  • A barrage of Russian missiles fired Saturday targeted Ukraine’s electrical grid. 
  • Ukrainian parliamentary deputy Kira Rudik tweeted that power was knocked out for 1.5 million people.
  • “Total darkness and cold are coming,” Rudick said, as the country prepares for winter with limited power. 

A barrage of Russian missiles fired on Saturday targeted the power grid in Ukraine, leaving over a million residents without power as the country prepares for a winter with below-freezing temperatures. 

At least 33 missiles were fired, according to The Washington Post, with “at least 10” fired from bombers from Russia’s strategic air command and 16 missiles from ships in the Black Sea. 

Ihor Polishchuk, the mayor of Lutsk, said on Telegram that an “energy facility” in the city had been “completely” destroyed, The Washington Post reported. “Its recovery is currently impossible,” he added, without additional details.

“1.5 million of #Ukrainians without electricity right now,” Kira Rudick, a member of the Ukrainian parliament tweeted shortly after the attacks. “Total darkness and cold are coming.”

In Ukraine, the average temperature in October in the capital of Kyiv is 48.3°F. In the deep winter months of November through March, the temperature drops below freezing, prompting concerns about keeping residents warm enough through the season.

On Telegram, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the attacks “vile strikes on critical objects,” and urged Ukrainians to conserve energy. 

“The stability of the power industry of our entire state depends on each city and district of Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said, calling for residents to limit their use of appliances and heed local warnings about additional outages. “Together, we are now showing that Ukrainian life cannot be broken.”

The office of President Zelenskyy and representatives for Rudick did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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