Bombed, not beaten: Ukraine’s capital flips to survival mode

by | Nov 25, 2022 | World

Residents of Ukraine’s bombed capital clutched empty bottles in search of water and crowded into cafés for power and warmth, switching defiantly into survival mode after new Russian missile strikes on Wednesday plunged the city and much of the country into the dark.In the city of three million, some residents resorted to collecting rainwater from drainpipes, as repair teams laboured to reconnect supplies.
Friends and family members exchanged messages to find out who had electricity and water back. Some had one but not the other.
The aerial onslaught on Ukraine’s power grid left many with neither.
Yuliia Zaika, a nine-year-old Ukrainian girl, holds her cat Marsyk outside her half-sister’s destroyed house in the village of Moshchun, near Kyiv [Murad Sezer/Reuters]
Oleksiy Rashchupkin, a 39-year-old investment banker, awoke to find that the water supply had been restored to his third-floor flat but the electricity supply had not. His freezer thawed in the blackout, leaving a puddle on his floor.
So he hopped into a cab and crossed the Dnieper River from the left bank to right, to a café that he had noticed had stayed open after previous Russian strikes – sure enough, it was serving hot drinks and food, and the music and WiFi were on.
“I’m here because there is heating, coffee and light,” he said. “Here is life.”
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said about 70 percent of the Ukrainian capital was still without power on Thursday morning.
As Kyiv and other cities picked the …

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