Dispatches from Ukraine. Day 274
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes gathers information and provides updates on the situation.
By Polina Rasskazova.
For the first time in the 40-year history of the Ukrainian nuclear power industry, all NPP power units were shut down, reported Petro Kotin, President of SE “NNEGC “Energoatom”. Due to the large-scaled Russian shelling of the entire territory of Ukraine on November 22, all four nuclear power plants in Ukraine were turned off. “Because of a frequency reduction in the power system due to damage to the power infrastructure, emergency protection was activated at the Rivne, South Ukraine and Khmelnytskyi NPPs. All the power units of these power plants were automatically disconnected from the power grid,” said Kotin. He also warned about the possible danger of a nuclear and radiation disaster caused by the shelling of the entire territory of Ukraine by Russian cruise and ballistic missiles, and a huge risk of damage to nuclear plants.
The Ukrainian police reported on the number of victims of yesterday’s Russian shelling. As a result of yesterday’s targeted shelling, 10 people died, including 2 children. All in all, 52 people were injured, six of them children. “Critical infrastructure facilities were damaged. There is no energy and water supply, in some places there is no heat and phone reception. The Russian military continues to demonstrate to the whole world that they are terrorists,” reported the press service of the National Police of Ukraine.
A new citizen support project called “Invincibility Centers” has been launched in Ukraine. In the case of a significant interruption in the power supply, the Ukrainian authorities set up Invincibility Centers throughout the country where Ukrainians can get hot drinks and food, warm up, charge their phones, and use the Internet.
All Invincibility Centers are equipped with everything that allows people to access their basic needs: heat, water, first-aid kits, electricity, mobile communication and the internet. According to the deputy head of the president’s office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, currently 4,200 invincibility centers have been opened in all regions of Ukraine.
Ukrainian journalists published NASA Worldview satellite images of Ukraine after Russian shelling on November 23 and during the night of November 24. On November 23, Russia launched another massive missile attack on Ukraine. As a result, a blackout occurred in the Ukrainian energy system. Millions of Ukrainians were left without electricity, heat, water and mobile communications. Currently, power plant workers are doing everything they can to restore the country’s power system. Journalists compared the recent images with NASA Worldview images taken at the same time of day on February 6, 2022 before the start of a full-scale invasion of Russia and massive missile attacks.
The EU is preparing its ninth package of sanctions against Russia, Ursula Von der Leyen told a news conference. “We are working hard to hit Russia where it hurts to blunt even further its capacity to wage war on Ukraine and I can announce today that we are working full speed on a 9th sanctions package,” she said. The European Parliament also wants diplomatic ties with Russia to be reduced, EU contacts with official Russian representatives to be kept to the absolute minimum and Russian state-affiliated institutions in the EU spreading propaganda around the world to be closed and banned.