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Russian-appointed authorities say they are working to partially restore electricity in the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson after what they called a Ukrainian “terrorist attack” on power lines.

The southern city in the region, which Moscow illegally annexed in September, was cut off from electricity and water supplies on Sunday after three power lines were damaged.

Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the pro-Kremlin administration of the partially occupied Kherson region, said on Monday that “electricity and connectivity are partially restored” in the capital.

The alleged attack happened on the Berislav-Kachovka power line, and Russian state media reported that the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant was also damaged by Ukrainian strikes.

Ukrainian officials did not respond to the accusations.

Stremousov has repeatedly called for the evacuation of civilians from Kherson – which lies on the west bank of the Dnieper River – to Russian-controlled territory on the east bank in anticipation of a major Ukrainian counter-offensive to retake the strategic port. Tens of thousands have already left.

The Ukrainian counteroffensive has recaptured approximately 88 settlements in the region, or approximately 13% of the territory previously held by Russian forces.

The Ukrainian presidential office announced on Monday that Russian soldiers in civilian clothes are moving into apartments in Kherson, presumably to prepare for war in the city.

One Kherson resident told the Associated Press (AP) that Russian soldiers are going door-to-door, forcing tenants to leave immediately if they cannot prove ownership of the apartments.

Last month, Ukraine’s Southern Operations Command said that occupying Russian forces in the Kherson region were deliberately shutting off electricity and water and cutting off internet access to the population in order to force them to evacuate.

Still, on Monday, the regional administration set up by Russia said it was halting “the movement of civilian vehicles across the Dnieper by water and pontoon ferries,” citing “increased military danger.”

Russia has targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure over the past month, causing power shortages and rolling blackouts across the country.

The capital, Kyiv, had hourly outages in parts of the city and the surrounding region.

Ukraine’s state electricity grid operator Ukrenergo on Monday announced further power outages in Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Sumy, Kharkiv, Poltava and Zhytomyr regions.

To fix Ukraine’s beleaguered power system, experts say the country needs high-voltage transformers and distribution and communications equipment.

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A view of buildings damaged by shelling with an Orthodox church in the background in the liberated village of Shchurove, Donetsk region, Ukraine (Andriy Andriyenko/AP)

“It is important that the supply of this equipment is constant, not one-time,” Gennadii Riabtsev, senior energy security researcher at the National Institute for Strategic Studies, told the AP.

The first delivery of high-voltage transformers from the European Union is expected in the coming weeks, but the delivery is not enough to significantly improve the situation, he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video speech that about 4.5 million people are without electricity across the country.

He called on Ukrainians to bear the hardships, saying: “We must overcome this winter and be even stronger in the spring than now.”

Despite Russia’s recent successes in damaging key Ukrainian infrastructure, Moscow’s battleground and mobilization efforts show signs of faltering, as Russian warfighters reportedly voice their displeasure with how the war is being waged.

One such report by Russian online news outlet Vyorstka reported that hundreds of newly recruited fighters were recently killed in Ukraine’s Luhansk region by Ukrainian shelling.

Survivors and their relatives said the constables abandoned them at the front and the entire battalion was equipped with three shovels to dig trenches.

Family members of the soldiers videotaped the address of the governor of Voronezh, the Russian region from which the men were said to have been mobilized, pleading with him to get them off the front lines.

Another video on social media showed dozens of mobilized reservists protesting at their camp in Russia’s central region of Tatarstan, reportedly frustrated by a lack of equipment, ammunition and food. They uttered obscenities to one of their commanders.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said 80,000 mobilized reservists had been deployed to Ukraine, out of more than 300,000 called up since September 21, but only 50,000 of them were in “combat units”.

Mr Putin’s comments came amid mounting media reports that mobilized reservists receive little training or equipment and are being killed quickly in large numbers in combat.

There were also reports of massive casualties among Russian professional soldiers.

Russian war correspondents reported that marines from the Russian Pacific Fleet sent a complaint to Primorye Governor Oleg Kozhemyak, complaining that over four days the fleet had suffered “about 300 people killed, wounded and missing” during “some disjointed offensive” on the village of Pavlivka, Ukraine . disputed Donetsk region.

Mr. Kozhemyako said he had ordered military prosecutors to investigate the complaint and later said the group’s commanders had confirmed “losses, but not nearly as (heavy)” as the complaint claimed.

Russian authorities accused Ukrainian forces of shelling the region’s capital, also called Donetsk, with Himars rocket launchers early Monday.

The city’s Kremlin-backed mayor, Alexei Kulemzin, said a fire had broken out in the administrative building of Donetsk Railways, but the flames had been brought under control. The city of Donetsk has been under the control of Russian-backed separatists since 2014.

In territory controlled by Ukraine, Russian shelling has killed at least three civilians and wounded seven others in the past 24 hours, according to the Ukrainian president’s office.

Deputy head of the office Kyrylo Tymošenko said that Russian strikes in the Zaporizhia region targeted civilian objects, including a cultural center, farm warehouses and private residences.

He said the Zaporizhia region – also illegally annexed by Russia in September but not fully under the control of Russian forces – had been shelled 52 times in the past 24 hours and one person had been killed.

Two towns near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant – Marhanets and Myrove – were shelled by Russian heavy artillery and are currently without power.

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