Ukraine plunges into darkness in war’s first winter

HISTORY: When a Russian missile hit this Kiev neighborhood on Wednesday (November 23), Nina Vlasiuk said she was at home with her 10-year-old daughter.
She shielded her child until it was all over.
What do I do next? She asks. She says there is no electricity, heating or water in her home, which was badly damaged by the blast.
Russia's latest rocket fire killed 10 people and shut down all of Ukraine's nuclear power plants for the first time in 40 years, plunging the country into its worst-ever national power outage and freezing darkness.
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Authorities have been working to turn lights and heating back on and restart three nuclear power plants on Ukrainian territory.
As for the huge Zaporizhia plant on Russian territory – it had to activate emergency diesel, but was reconnected on Thursday.
Moscow has carried out similar strikes on energy targets about once a week since early October - but these are considered the most devastating yet.
It forces doctors to operate in the middle of power outages.
These surgeons performed open-heart surgery on a three-month-old baby during a power outage.
They say the choice was either to do nothing and let the baby die - or try to operate on it.
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On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to the UN Security Council to take action to stop Russian airstrikes.
But Russia has a veto on the Council, so there is no prospect of action.
Moscow admits the attack on basic infrastructure as part of a "special military operation" and says its aim is to reduce Ukraine's combat capability and urge it to negotiate.
Kyiv says the attacks are clearly aimed at harming civilians - making it a war crime.
A Kremlin spokesman on Thursday (November 24) denied launching any attacks on Kiev targets, attributing the damage in the capital to fallout from air defense systems.

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