N12 – The satellite images reveal: because of the Russian attack


a picture is worth a thousand words: A satellite image of continental Europe reveals the severe energy crisis Ukraine is facing – due to Russia’s intense missile attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure facilities. The image shows the illuminated cities of Europe, as seen from space, as well as the Russian capital Moscow and the city of St. Petersburg. Compared to its neighbors – Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia, Ukraine remains in the shadow of the war and the cold weather.

Against the backdrop of the power outages, President Zelensky told the Ukrainian people that “Once they wanted to destroy us with hunger, now – with darkness and cold. We cannot be broken, our fire will not be extinguished. We will defeat death again.”

NASA satellite images reveal: this is what the energy crisis in Ukraine looks like | Photo: NASA, Reuters

The Russian attacks in recent weeks have focused on Ukraine’s electricity and water infrastructure, leaving millions of residents cut off from water and electricity supplies. Just on Wednesday, 10 people were killed in attacks targeting infrastructure facilities, and extensive power outages were recorded in Ukraine and neighboring Moldova. The Minister of Energy of Ukraine, German Khloshchenko, said that “the vast majority of electricity consumers are cut off from supply”.

At the same time, the Ukrainians are proactively cutting off the electricity to repair the faults in the energy facilities. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, once again asked the country’s residents to save on electricity consumption, adding that the authorities are doing everything they can to fix the faults.

Total darkness in the capital Kyiv (Photo: AP)
Total darkness in the capital Kyiv | Photo: AP
In almost total darkness: surgery on a boy injured in the attacks (Photo: AP)
In almost complete darkness: surgery of a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy who was injured by the Russian attacks | Photo: AP

Damage to the infrastructure is recorded in large areas of the country, among others in the capital Kyiv. There the mayor Vitaly Klitschko updates that half of the city’s residents are cut off from electricity. Photos from the western city of Lviv show residents sitting by candlelight, not far from Ukraine’s border with Poland. Mayor of Lviv Andrey Sadoboy tweeted this week that “the city remains without electricity and there may be interruptions in the water supply as well.” Even in Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, they are trying to fix the faults, but 100,000 people are still not connected to electricity.

Clearing snow in Ukraine (Photo: Reuters)
Snow removal in Ukraine | Photo: Reuters
After cutting off the water flow: people gather at public taps (Photo: AP)
After cutting off the water flow: people gather at public taps | Photo: AP

In Europe, they are trying to help Ukraine warm up: the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, spoke with President Zelensky. In a tweet on Twitter, Zelensky wrote that the two discussed cooperation to ensure energy stability in Ukraine. French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonnade said Paris would send 100 generators to Ukraine, and British Foreign Secretary James Calverley promised Kiev a £50m air defense package to help the Ukrainians defend against Russian bombing.

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