Kyiv Residents Navigate Dark During Widespread Blackout

Music boomed through a darkened street in Kyiv, Ukraine, on November 5, despite the city experiencing widespread blackouts due to the damage of critical infrastructure.

Video filmed by Sergio Olmos shows the light from a patio heater illuminating a section of an otherwise dark street in Kyiv while speakers play electronic music.

The National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Public Utilities of Ukraine released a statement regarding the blackouts on November 4, blaming Russian “energy terror” for the restricted service.

“Such measures are forced steps to ensure the balance of the energy system and avoid network overload. The commission emphasizes that emergency teams of energy companies are doing everything possible to restore all energy facilities damaged by Russian attacks as soon as possible. With this in mind, the NKRECP appeals to consumers and asks them to understand such temporary steps to restrict electricity supply,” the regulator said, according to a machine translation.

On November 4, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 450,000 people in the city were without power.

On November 6, Klitschko posted on Facebook saying officials “have to be prepared” for different scenarios and urged people to save electricity, according to a machine translation.

“In the war situation in which we live, you need to have plans in case of various scenarios of events and emergencies. And be prepared for action. Preparing for winter, we have purchased, engaged from foreign partners and continue to purchase generators, heat guns, equip heat points, secure critical infrastructure facilities. We are doing everything we can to ensure the livelihood of the capital in these difficult conditions,” Klitschko wrote.

According to a New York Times report, Ukrainian officials have begun planning for the possibility of a total blackout in Kyiv, and the evacuation of its civilians. Credit: Sergio Olmos via Storyful

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