Ukraine works to restore water, power after Russian strikes
Ukrainian authorities endeavored Saturday to restore electricity and water services after recent pummeling by Russian military strikes that vastly damaged infrastructure, with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy saying millions have seen their power restored since blackouts swept the war-battered country days earlier.
Skirmishes continued in the east and residents from the southern city of Kherson headed north and west to flee after punishing, deadly bombardments by Russian forces in recent days. The strikes have been seen as attempts at Russian retribution against Ukraine's beleaguered but defiant people after Ukrainian troops over two week ago liberated the city that had been in Russian hands for many months.
"The key task of today, as well as other days of this week, is energy," Zelenskyy said in his nightly televised address late Friday. "From Wednesday to today we have managed to halve the number of people whose electricity is cut off, to stabilize the system."
He said, however, that blackouts continued in most regions, including Kyiv, the capital.