BREAKING WORLD WAR III NEWS: RUSSIAN DRONE STRIKES LEFT THE PORT CITY OF ODESSA IN THE DARK THIS WEEKEND; ABOUT 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LEFT WITHOUT POWER
Russia’s drone strikes have left the Ukrainian port of Odessa in the dark, officials say — as one prominent Russian blogger asserted some military officers are fuming over President Vladimir Putin’s lousy war execution.
About 1.5 million people in Odessa had no electricity after Iranian-made drones hit two energy facilities, knocking out power to all non-critical infrastructure. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged the situation in the region was “very difficult.”
“Unfortunately, the hits were critical, so it takes more than just time to restore electricity… It doesn’t take hours, but a few days, unfortunately,” Zelensky said Saturday in his nightly address.
The latest power outage comes as Russia, since October, has increasingly targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure with missiles and drones.
A spokesperson for Odessa’s regional administration said the lights would be back on “in the coming days,” though complete restoration could take two or three months.
The spokesperson, Serhiy Bratchuk, said an earlier Facebook post – now deleted — from the region’s administration advising some people to evacuate was being investigated by Ukrainian security services as “an element of hybrid war” by Russia.
“Not a single representative of the authorities in the region made any calls for the evacuation of the inhabitants of Odessa and the region,” Bratchuk said.
Kyiv has slammed Russia for launching hundreds of Iranian-supplied drones in Ukraine, calling them war crimes because of the way civilians have been affected. Russia claims its attacks do not target civilians.
Source: New York Post, David Propper
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