Ukrainian forces destroy Russian fuel depot in Luhansk Oblast
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A Russian fuel depot was destroyed after Ukrainian forces struck it with indirect fire outside of Dibrova in the Luhansk Oblast. While the Ukrainian countryside appears peaceful, the Russian depot suddenly caught fire. A dark plume of smoke rose above the eastern region.
The attack comes as about 4.5 million Ukrainian civilians are dealing with power outages caused by Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure.
The latest regions to be affected by blackouts are the southern Kherson province where residents are temporarily without electricity and water.
Russian forces have stepped up raids on civilians in the region in what Ukrainian officials have described as an “ambush”, as troops appeared initially to be fleeing southern Ukraine.
Despite the trap set by Russia, a Ukrainian army official said Russian forces were unable to make progress on the battlefield and had instead resorted to honing in on critical energy and water infrastructure.
“They want to hit energy facilities in the autumn-winter period first of all, because people’s lives largely depend on them. This air terrorism will continue by all available means,” Yuriy Ihnat, Air Force spokesperson, told at a briefing in Kyiv.
“It is clear that the missiles that will be received from Iran, if it is done, will be used at the energy infrastructure facilities, and [the Russians] will continue to strike with cruise missiles as well,” he added.
Iran is reportedly preparing to ship about 1,000 additional weapons, including ballistic missile and suicide drones, to Russia.
In response, Ukraine’s air force said the recently-arrived weapons will help contain the threat of Iranian ballisitic missiles reportedly being bought by Moscow.
“They must somehow be destroyed, probably from where they are launched. Because we have no effective means of fighting ballistic [missiles], except for their physical destruction at the launch stage,” the Air Force spokesperson added.
Ukrainian President Zelensky has accused the Kremlin of resorting to “energy terrorism” as 4.5 million civilians are left without power following Russia’s nation-wide attacks.
In October, a third of the country’s power stations had reportedly been destroyed, according to President Zelensky.
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Due to the damage caused on critical infrastructure, Ukraine’s state-energy company Ukrenergo warned the country would be subjected to further power cuts – both scheduled and unscheduled.
“There will also be emergency outages in certain regions. They will be introduced by regional power distribution companies in case the deficit is bigger than planned. In case of emergency blackouts, electricity may be cut off earlier than planned and consumption restrictions may last longer,” Ukrenergo said on its Facebook channel.
The scheduled outages took place throughout Monday in Kyiv city and the regions of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Kharkiv and Poltava.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the capital must brace for the worst in the event of further Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure.
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