MILLIONS of embattled Ukrainians restored power yesterday after Russian attacks on the country’s power grid.
Six million remained cut off after rocket bombings that were intended to freeze the population over the winter.
The attacks – seen as retaliation for Ukraine’s expulsion of Russian forces from the southern city of Kherson – crippled three nuclear power plants on Wednesday.
Twelve million homes were blacked out – some in neighboring Moldova, which is connected to Ukraine’s power grid.
In the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, 130,000 residents were still without electricity, even though water had been restored across the city.
Local authorities said early yesterday that all power and communications would be restored within 24 hours.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused his tyrannical Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of trying to “starve” Ukrainians with attacks on infrastructure.
He said the strategy will not dampen Ukraine’s determination to drive out the invading forces.
But he added: “Today’s key task, as well as other days this week, is energy.”
The scramble to restore basic services came as Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo met Mr Zelenskyy in Kyiv yesterday.
He said Belgium will send more humanitarian and military aid.
Meanwhile, Ukrainians celebrated the 90th anniversary of the start of the Holodomor, or Great Famine.
It resulted in the deaths of more than three million people in 1932 and 1933, when the Soviet government confiscated food and grain supplies and deported many Ukrainians.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz drew parallels with the effects of the ongoing war on Ukraine – a major supplier of wheat, barley and sunflower oil to the world.