A wave of Russian attacks on critical energy infrastructure has left some Ukrainian communities without access to heat, water and electricity.
Today, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are concerned about its impact as cold weather begins to set in.
“We are extremely concerned about the humanitarian impact of the continued attacks on energy infrastructure, as they deprive communities of heat and water as temperatures drop,” said UN OCHA spokeswoman Anna Jefferys. , to CNN in an email.
Russian missile and drone attacks have targeted Ukrainian power plants and the power grid in recent weeks, leading to power outages and disruptions to water supplies.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said more than a third of the country’s energy sector had been destroyed.
Jefferys said the UN was particularly concerned for those who remained at home near the Ukrainian front line, many of whom are elderly, disabled or chronically ill.
“We are particularly concerned about the residents of the eastern and southern oblasts who have endured relentless shelling for months and are left completely traumatized,” she said. “Their ability to cope is running out.”
The ICRC echoed UN concerns, telling CNN that attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure had caused “profound suffering” that could worsen as temperatures drop.
“All over Ukraine, electricity grids are directly connected to water supply systems, which means that when the electricity goes out, residents also have no access to water in their homes and places of work. work,” said Achille Després, spokesperson for the ICRC in Ukraine. an email.
“This is already causing deep suffering for civilians as temperatures have started to drop significantly.
“As winter approaches, people across the country are going to struggle to meet their basic needs like clean water, stay warm, use electricity or cook,” Després warned, adding that ” the needs are enormous.”