Zelenskiy says 30% of Ukrainian power stations destroyed

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said nearly a third of the country’s power stations have been destroyed in Russian strikes since October 10, sparking massive blackouts. An energy facility that supplies Kyiv was hit Tuesday amid a fresh round of attacks on infrastructure.

Ukraine said it shot down 38 of the 43 drones that Russia used to launch strikes on Monday, accusing Moscow of using Iranian-made devices to hit civilian targets. Zelenskiy expressed gratitude to troops who have intercepted attacking drones, saying “every destroyed drone is a life saved.”

The European Union agreed to a training program for some 15 000 Ukrainians, including for combat roles, and signed off on an additional €500 million ($487 million) in weapons financing. They also discussed reports about Iran’s military support for Russia’s invasion.

Key Developments

  • Putin’s War Escalation Is Hastening Demographic Crash for Russia
  • Ukraine’s Power Grid Holds Up Against Russia’s Missile Barrage
  • EU Discusses Possible Iran Sanctions Over Arms Exports to Russia
  • What Are Iranian Drones Russia Is Using in Ukraine?: QuickTake
  • How Russian Ships Are Laundering Grain Stolen From Occupied Ukraine
  • Exxon Completes Russia Exit, Says Operation Was Expropriated

On the Ground

Six C-300 missiles hit storage facilities for humanitarian aid in Kharkiv this morning, according to a TV report citing local police. Explosions hit the city of Kryvyi Rih in the Dnipropetrovsk region on Tuesday morning, mayor Oleksandr Vilkul said on Telegram. Air raid sirens went off across most of Ukraine Tuesday morning, including Kyiv. Energy facilities were hit in strikes at Dnipro and Zhytomyr, according to the deputy head of the president’s staff, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, who cited “serious damage.” Some 20 civilians were killed by Russian attacks on October 17, and 22 were injured, deputy head of presidential staff, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said on Telegram.

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McDonald’s Reopens More Restaurants in Ukraine Despite Shelling (11:25 a.m.)

McDonald’s reopened four restaurants in Ukraine’s western city of Lviv following restart of its business in the country at war last month and despite a wave of missile and drone attacks from Russia on Ukraine’s cities, news service Interfax reported, citing the company’s press office.

Lviv became the second Ukrainian city, after Kyiv, where McDonald’s reopened its restaurants. It has seen long queues reflecting strong demand from local customers even despite Russia’s invasion that entered its eighth month. The restaurants are open between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. with pauses during air-raid alerts.

Kremlin Reiterates Mobilisation Covers 300 000 Troops (11:20 a.m.)

Vladimir Putin’s order for a “partial mobilization” covers 300 000 troops and a number of Russian regions have already met their targets for recruitment under it, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

“In the decree, it’s specified up to 300 000,” Peskov told a conference call, without explaining why the text of the order released by the Kremlin when Putin signed it last month doesn’t include that figure. The decree includes an article that’s classified, but officials have refused to comment on what it covers.

Putin on Friday announced that the mobilisation, which has led to widespread anxiety in Russia and triggered an exodus of more than 300 000 people out of the country, would be completed within two weeks. This week, the heads of Moscow and several other regions announced they’d completed the call-up and suspended further recruitment, but fears have persisted that the mobilisation may resume.

Kyiv Mayor Asks Citizens to Conserve Power, Water (11 a.m.)

More critical infrastructure was damaged in Kyiv by fresh Russian missile strikes, city mayor Vitalii Klitshchko said on Facebook. “Currently, electricity and water supply services is partially limited in many houses on the left bank of the Dnipro river in Kyiv” Klitshchko said. He urged Kyiv residents to use electricity and water as sparingly as possible, and not to turn on powerful electrical appliances. “City services are doing everything needed to stabilise the situation and return vital services to citizens,” Klitshchko said.

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