Ukraine war: A million without power after wave of Russian strikes

File photo : Firefighters work at the site of a residential building heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's war on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine.

BBC Online :
A million people are without power across Ukraine after Russian missiles targeted energy infrastructure.
There is no electricity in the second-largest city of Kharkiv, the regional head says, and more than 53,000 households in Odesa are without power.
Ukraine’s energy minister, German Galushchenko, accused Russia of trying to provoke “a large-scale failure of the country’s energy system”.
Russia said it was revenge for recent Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory.
At least five people have been reported killed and 14 wounded.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said the latest wave of attacks showed that Western allies must give more military aid to Ukraine, including additional air defence systems.
“There are no delays in Russian missiles like there are in assistance to our country,” he wrote on Telegram.
Some 90 missiles and 60 Shahed drones were launched into Ukraine during the wave of overnight attacks, he said.
Among the targets was Ukraine’s largest dam – the DniproHES in Zaporizhzhia. Video footage appeared to show the dam on fire, but authorities say there is no threat of an imminent breach.
Social media photos showed a trolleybus carrying passengers, which was crossing the dam when it caught fire after a missile strike.
“At 04:30 all hell broke loose. Terrible fireworks and explosions. At one point, our house tilted,” Valentyna, an eyewitness whose house overlooks the dam told the BBC.
A power line feeding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has also reportedly been cut.
Regional head Ivan Fedorov said the power station was “on the verge of a blackout”, adding that seven buildings in the region had been destroyed and 35 others damaged.
Strikes were also reported in President Zelensky’s hometown of Kryvyi Rih and in Vinnytsia, both in central Ukraine. They damaged a “critical infrastructure object”, said Ukrainian officials.
Russia’s defence ministry said the assault on Ukraine’s power grid was part of a series of revenge attacks against Kyiv for its earlier incursions into Russian territory.
Local officials in the Russian region of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine, said on Thursday that a woman had been killed and many other people wounded by a Ukrainian strike.
The fresh attacks come a day after Russian forces launched one of their biggest air strikes in weeks on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. At least 17 people, including a child, were injured by falling debris.