Heavy fighting threatens Ukraine energy and water infrastructure

Ukrainian artillery unit members fire at Russian positions towards Kherson city, Oct. 28, 2022, in Ukraine's now Russia-annexed Kherson region

Heavy fighting and explosions were reported Saturday by authorities in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region.

Over the last 24 hours Ukrainian forces attacked nine locations with Russian military equipment that they apprehended, as well as an ammunition depot in the Kherson region.

Artillery brigade groups, mortar batteries, tactical aviation planes and army aviation helicopters inflict massive fire within their preparation for an assault,” the Moscow-installed Deputy Governor Kirill Stremousov said on his Telegram channel Saturday.

Russia continues to target the country’s energy and water infrastructure, reportedly destroying 30%-40% of its energy system, leading to increased rolling blackouts meant to protect the county’s power grid from failing.

Meanwhile, external power lines have been repaired and reconnected to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant two days after it was taken off the power grid when Russian shelling damaged high voltage lines, the International Atomic Energy agency (IAEA) said Saturday.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi again called for a nuclear safety and security protection zone to be set up around the plant to prevent a nuclear accident.


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