November 27, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Matt Meyer and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 1:35 a.m. ET, November 28, 2022
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8:49 a.m. ET, November 27, 2022

Almost 80% of Ukraine's electricity needs restored, utility says

From CNN's Kostan Nechyporenko

Ukraine's national power supply company Ukrenergo said 80% of electricity needs nationwide had been restored by 11 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET) Sunday, after Russian attacks caused widespread blackouts last week.

The company said critical infrastructure consumes only about 10% of the 80% capacity restored. The rest is used to supply electricity to ordinary consumers, like homes and businesses.

Grid operators are still imposing restrictions on how much energy Ukrainians can consume, as a result of the remaining 20% power deficit.

The utility urged residents to continue to use power "sparingly" to allow fewer restrictions, and so energy companies can focus on repairing damaged facilities, "which becomes more difficult with each successive missile attack."

Meanwhile, a local leader in the Kherson region said power grids damaged by Russian shelling Saturday had been restored.

8:22 a.m. ET, November 27, 2022

Crews are gradually restoring electricity in the city of Kherson, Ukrainian officials say

From CNN's Kostan Nechyporenko and Chris Liakos

High-voltage power lines in Kherson on November 17.
High-voltage power lines in Kherson on November 17. (Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)

Crews are restoring electricity to the recently liberated city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, where concerns about power supply and ongoing Russian shelling have forced some residents to evacuate.

An official in the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Telegram Saturday that repair work was going "around the clock" to restore electricity.

“First of all, we supply power to the city's critical infrastructure and then immediately to household consumers,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko said, thanking crews for their efforts.

Ukraine's deputy minister for energy, Farid Safarov, added Saturday that more than 30 settlements in the Kherson region “have finally received light.”

Six million consumers across the country were without power as of Friday evening, but that the number “is decreasing thanks to the quick work of our energy workers,” Safarov said.

Earlier today, national power supply company Ukrenergo said that 75% of electricity demand is being met across Ukraine.

Millions of Ukrainians have been suffering power cuts across the country in recent weeks amid intensified Russian shelling. Last week saw some of the most devastating attacks yet on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, leaving millions in the dark.

8:22 a.m. ET, November 27, 2022

Attack leaves at least 13 injured in Ukrainian city of Dnipro, according to official

From CNN's Kostan Nechyporenko, Manveena Suri and Chris Liakos

Rescue crews work on a site heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike in Dnipro on Saturday.
Rescue crews work on a site heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike in Dnipro on Saturday. (Mykola Synelnykov/Reuters)

An attack left at least 13 people wounded in Dnipro on Saturday, according to a local official.

Valentyn Reznichenko, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, described the assault as a “rocket attack" on Telegram.

Four of the injured remain at the hospital, including a 17-year-old boy and a woman who was pulled out from under the rubble and is in serious condition, he said.

He added that seven homes were partially destroyed and that search and rescue operations are underway.

8:22 a.m. ET, November 27, 2022

Hunger must never be used as weapon again, German chancellor says on Holodomor Memorial Day

From CNN’s Allegra Goodwin in London

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz joined global leaders in marking the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor famine in Ukraine.

“Hunger must never again be used as a weapon,” Scholz said Saturday, speaking on the memorial day for victims of the Soviet-era famine that killed millions of people during the winter of 1932-33.

In a speech in Berlin, Scholz drew comparisons between the Holodomor, or Terror Famine — which was engineered by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin by removing food stocks from Ukrainian peasants — and Russia’s current actions in Ukraine.

“The gruesome tactics applied back then entailed isolation and the confiscation of grain and food supplies, the forced deportation of Ukrainians. Today, we stand united in stating that hunger must never again be used as a weapon. That is why we cannot tolerate what we are witnessing,” the chancellor said.

“We know that by targeting agricultural infrastructure in Ukraine and blocking Black Sea ports for months, Russia has exacerbated this situation,” Scholz added. 

Scholz said that Germany would provide another $15.62 million for grain shipments from Ukraine in coordination with the World Food Programme. 

“You can count on our support. Each ship that sails under this initiative doesn't just carry grain. It carries hope for the world's hungry. And it carries an important message. The message that we are united, that we will overcome this war. And that our joint humanity will prevail,” Scholz added.