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Ukraine official says situation ‘critical’ as Russia bombards power grid

A damaged building seen at the scene of Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, November 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)
A damaged building seen at the scene of Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, November 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)

KYIV, Ukraine — Waves of Russian airstrikes are rocking Ukraine, with authorities immediately announcing emergency blackouts after attacks from east to west on energy plants and other facilities knock out power. In Kyiv, residential buildings are also struck by missiles.

A senior Ukrainian official, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, describes the situation as “critical” and urges Ukrainians to cut back on their power usage and “hang in there.” Power provider DTEK announces emergency blackouts in the capital and authorities announce similar steps elsewhere, too.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko says authorities have found a body in one of the residential buildings struck there.

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