The Ukrainian capital of Kyiv is experiencing yet another spate of emergency power restrictions in addition to already scheduled blackouts.
The sustained power outages come as Ukraine scrambles to find equipment to repair power infrastructure damaged and destroyed by Russian missile attacks. Freezing temperatures and less daylight are compounding the hardship for people.
Here are the latest developments:
- UN calls humanitarian situation in southern Ukraine "critical" as people struggle without power and heat: The United Nations says that the situation in the southern Ukrainian cities of Mykolaiv and Kherson remains "dire" and "critical." Nearly a quarter of a million people in Mykolaiv alone face a lack of heat, water and power. UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that Humanitarian Coordinator Denise Brown visited the two southern cities over the weekend. Brown reported that people fleeing Kherson are going to Mykolaiv, according to Dujarric. Donors have provided $3.1 billion in humanitarian aid through the UN this year, but Dujarric said continued funding is important to "maintain the moment or the response," especially during winter months.
- Ukraine’s electricity operator says it is running at a 27% deficit: Ukraine’s electricity operator Ukrenergo is running at a 27% deficit, the company said on Monday. Ukrenergo said in a statement on Telegram that it had implemented a series of “emergency shutdowns” across the country at “several power plants”. Given deteriorating weather conditions, power usage is on the rise, it added, saying that it hoped the power deficit would reduce as “units return to operation.” Seven waves of Russian missiles contributed to the recent outages, it claimed. CNN is unable to independently verify the number of missile waves.
- Kherson civilians continue to leave as Russian shelling strikes residential areas of city: Civilians continue to leave the recently liberated Ukrainian city of Kherson amid persistent shelling of residential areas by Russian forces stationed on the east bank of the Dnipro river. Much of the city remains without power and water. Yaroslav Yanushevych, head of the Kherson region military administration, said the Kherson district had been hit 30 times Sunday.