Moscow, Nov 6 (EFE).- Power has been cut off in Ukraine’s embattled city of Kherson, whose residents are being evacuated to safer areas, pro-Russian officials said on Sunday.
“There is no electricity in the whole city. We are waiting for further information,” the Kherson energy provider spokesman told local media.
Another Russian-appointed official in Kherson told TASS news agency that the city’s water supply had also been cut.
Electric circuits were damaged after “acts of sabotage staged by Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups,” according to the regional emergency services.
“More than 10 settlements in the region were left without electricity,” the emergency services said, adding that three high-voltage power lines were damaged.
Russian-installed officials accused Kyiv of shelling Novaya Kakhovka dam with six HIMARS missiles and creating “the conditions for a humanitarian catastrophe.”
Five missiles were intercepted by air defenses, according to the emergency services.
Authorities in the region illegally annexed by Russia in September said Sunday that Kyiv was deploying many tanks and armored vehicles near the city, in preparation for a future offensive.
“Lots of equipment units are being concentrated, with more and more armored vehicles, tanks brought up,” deputy head of the region Kirill Stremousov posted on his Telegram channel.
Stremousov added that the evacuation of civilians was ongoing in Kherson.
“People in the town can still leave the right bank freely,” he said.
In October, pro-Russian authorities ordered the evacuation of some 80,000 citizens from the right bank of the Dnieper River to the left bank as Ukrainian forces were approaching Kherson.
In the neighboring Russian-held Zaporizhzhya, the Russians said they are fortifying their positions in the face of a possible Ukrainian counterattack.EFE