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Authorities have reported power outages in large parts of eastern Ukraine

Authorities have reported power outages in large parts of eastern Ukraine

Updated September 11, 2022 | 21:05

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Balaklia is just one of the restored places in Kharkiv Krai


IPower was cut off in large parts of eastern Ukraine on Sunday evening. The Ukrainian authorities blamed Russia. The governor of the Kharkiv region said Russian attacks on “important infrastructure” had cut off electricity and water. The governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region accused the Russian forces of attacking the “energy infrastructure” to avenge their “defeat on the battlefield”.

Representatives of the Ukrainian authorities reported a power outage in the city of Kharkiv and in the Donetsk and Sumy regions, AFP correspondents reported a power outage in the city of Kramatorsk. In the past few days, the Ukrainian army has recaptured several towns and cities in eastern Ukraine from Russian forces. On Saturday, the Russian military surprisingly announced that it would “regroup” its forces from parts of the eastern Kharkiv region southward to the Donetsk region. A map published by Moscow on Sunday showed Russian forces were largely withdrawing from the area.

After their defeat in the Kharkiv region, Russian forces are also withdrawing from parts of the southern Cherson region, according to information from Kyiv. The Ukrainian General Staff announced in the evening that the occupiers had left their positions there in some places. It was said that the Russian soldiers evacuated a hospital in the city of Nowa Kachovka in order to dig themselves in it. This information cannot be independently verified. At first there was no reaction from the Russian side.

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Large parts of the Cherson region have been under Russian control since the spring. Since then, protests and attacks on occupation administrations deployed by Russia have been frequent, especially in the regional capital of the same name, Cherson.