Live: Ukraine struggles to restore power as Russia ‘arms winter’

Ukrainian energy workers raced Thursday to restore power after Russian missile strikes destroyed energy infrastructure in western Ukraine and left more than two-thirds of Kyiv without power. US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield has accused Moscow of “weaponizing winter” and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for urgent UN action against the Russian “form of terror”. Follow Axadle’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine. All times are Stockholm time (GMT+1).

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9:50am: Contacts with IAEA over Zaporizhzhia plant ‘constructive’: Russia

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said that contacts with the UN nuclear watchdog over the safety of the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant were “constructive” and showed some promise.

The Zaporizhzhia facility, which Russia seized shortly after its February 24 invasion, was rocked again by shelling last weekend, prompting renewed calls from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to create a buffer zone around it to prevent a nuclear disaster.

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog met a Russian delegation in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss security at the facility, where both Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of shelling.

9:42: Most residents of Kyiv without power, heat, water supply

More than two-thirds of the Ukrainian capital remained without power Thursday morning with residents struggling without electricity, heat and running water, a day after Russian missile strikes caused Kiev’s biggest outage in nine months of war.

Temperatures plunged below zero degrees Celsius overnight in a city that had a population of 2.8 million before the war and where snow has already fallen, leaving the streets icy.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said electricians and repair workers were doing everything to restore power “as quickly as possible”, but recovery would largely depend on the overall energy balance of the nationwide grid.

Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko said three nuclear power plants that were shut down because of the attacks on Wednesday were expected to be back up and running later on Thursday, which would help ease supply problems.

00:47: Zelenskiy appeals to the UN Security Council regarding Russian attacks on infrastructure

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky late on Wednesday appealed to the UN Security Council to take action to stop Russian airstrikes on vital infrastructure that have once again plunged Ukrainian cities into darkness and cold as winter sets in.

Russia unleashed a barrage of missiles over Ukraine earlier in the day, forcing the shutdown of nuclear power plants and killing civilians in Kyiv.

“Today is just one day but we have received 70 missiles. That is the Russian formula for terror,” Zelensky said via video link to the council chamber in New York, adding that hospitals, schools, transport infrastructure and residential areas had been hit.

Ukraine is waiting to see “a very determined reaction” to Wednesday’s airstrikes from the world, he added.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Putin is “clearly weaponizing the winter to inflict enormous suffering on the Ukrainian people”.

The Russian president “will try to freeze the country into submission,” she added.

(Axadle with AFP, AP and Reuters)

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