Electricity has been restored for millions of Ukrainians Saturday, but challenges remain for crews scrambling to recover from Friday's barrage of Russian missiles, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday.
“During the day, it was possible to restore the electricity supply to almost 6 million Ukrainians,” Zelensky said during his nightly address.
He added that repair work "has been going on nonstop since yesterday's terrorist attack.”
Zelensky noted there are still problems with heat supply and “big problems with the supply of water exist” in parts of the country.
The president said the areas facing “the most difficult situation” include Kyiv, Lviv and Vinnytsia.
He mentioned several other areas still dealing with “large-scale outages," including the city of Dnipro and the regions of Dnipropetrovsk, Volyn, Zhytomyr, Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Odesa, Poltava, Ternopil and Chernihiv.
Another call for air defenses: Zelensky again appealed to international partners to provide Ukraine with the means to defend its airspace.
“Find an opportunity to give Ukraine reliable protection of the sky, a reliable air defense shield. You can do it," he said. “When this happens, the main form of Russian terror – missile terror – will become simply impossible.”
CNN was first to report on Tuesday that the Biden administration is finalizing plans to send the Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine, according to two US officials and a senior administration official. If the US sends the system, it would mark a significant new US contribution to protecting the country's infrastructure.
Russia issued a cryptic warning that such a shipment would provoke "unpredictable consequences."