Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Denys Shmyhal attends a joint briefing in Kiev on December 6.
Denys Shmyhal attends a joint briefing in Kiev on December 6. (Hennadii Minchenko/Ukrinform/Future Publishing/Getty Images)

Ukraine says it has reduced its “energy deficit” as engineers work to restore infrastructure damaged by Russian missile attacks.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that after Monday’s attacks, “electrical engineers promised to eliminate the consequences” in the coming days.

“At the same time, power shortages in the energy system will remain. Right now, it’s 19% of forecast consumption,” he said. It has been 30% higher in recent weeks.

Even so, Shmyhal said, “35 percent of the main grid’s critical facilities have been damaged by major Russian attacks in recent months.”

“The enemy fired seven missiles at the same time at one of the substations in the Odesa region. Therefore, the power cut schedule remains in effect in the country,” he added.

Odesa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov said water supply and wastewater treatment had been restored on Tuesday evening.

Eleven county and neighborhood boiler houses — used for heating — are in operation, serving approximately 88% of consumers. “This means that more than 600,000 residents of Odesa get hot,” Trukhanov said.

More strikes in the south: Russian artillery and missile attacks have continued elsewhere in southern Ukraine.

Yaroslav Yanushevych, head of the Kherson regional military government, said on Tuesday that “the Russian occupiers again shelled the city of Kherson, hitting” infrastructure and residential buildings.

He said one person was killed and a large fire was extinguished.

Further north, the Russians attacked the city of Kryvyi Rih.

Valentyn Reznichenko, head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, said an industrial enterprise was attacked.

Oleksandr Vilkul, head of the Kryvyi Rih district, said the attack appeared to have been caused by a ballistic missile, calling them “very serious destruction”.

Vilkul said that after Monday’s missile attacks, the gradual process of restoring electricity has begun. But the hourly and scheduled power cuts will continue “to keep Ukraine’s electricity system intact.”


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