Day 242 of the Invasion of Ukraine: New Russian strikes against Ukrainian Power Grid, Millions without Power
Here are the highlights of events related to the war in Ukraine over the past 24 hours:
New Russian strikes against Ukraine's power grid, millions without power
Russia has again launched strikes targeting Ukraine's energy grid. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the attacks were on a "very wide" scale.
On Tuesday, Zelensky will make a video address at an international conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine in Berlin, which will be attended by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and tomorrow, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, will participate in a German-Ukrainian economic forum in Berlin.
Kyiv reports that nearly 1.5 million households are without electricity after the Russian strikes. Volodymyr Zelensky said most of the Russian missiles and drones had been shot down and such strikes would not stop the Ukrainian military advance.
Almost a third of Ukraine's power plants and other energy production facilities have been destroyed in a wave of airstrikes since Monday last week. In his traditional video address, the Ukrainian president called for limiting the use of electricity:
"Energy stability of our entire country depends on each city and district of Ukraine. Please limit the use of appliances that consume a lot of electricity. And especially during peak consumption hours in the morning and evening."
The latest attacks hit the regions of Cherkasy, southeast of the capital Kyiv, and the city of Khmelnytskyi to the west. Airstrikes and power outages were also reported from Odesa in the south to Rivne and Lutsk in the northwest.
In an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Sunday, Ukrainian Prime Minister...