Russian shelling has once again cut off electricity to two-thirds of liberated Kherson just days after line workers restored it. Local authorities said residents without essential services rushed to government-backed tents in a bid to keep warm and charge their cellphones.
It comes as a Vodnikov, one of the city’s main medical facilities, continues to operate at bare minimums, but struggles to meet even the most basic needs. Euronews international correspondent Anelise Borges visited the center and spoke with some staff and patients.
“Having no electricity means having no water, so doctors and nurses have to fetch water themselves,” said a doctor in Russian.
“It’s for flushing the toilet, cleaning the floor…sometimes that water is used for washing. I take a bucket, boil the kettle and wash myself,” he continued.
Following setbacks on the battlefield, Russia in recent weeks has launched a wave of attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, plunging the country’s healthcare system into darkness.
Meanwhile, only one maternity hospital is currently functioning in Kherson. Since the town was taken over by Ukrainian troops, at least 8 babies have been born in Tropinyh Hospital.
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