Ukrainian cities hit with blackouts after attacks on energy infrastructure

Multiple cities in Ukraine are experience power outages due to the ongoing invasion by Russian forces that started last week. 

Global internet access tracker NetBlocks shared data showing widespread internet outages across Mariupol, Sumy and other regions of the country following an increase in bombing campaigns and rocket fire launched by Russian units. 

“Mariupol and Sumy are the main outage incidents we’re tracking today. Overall, at national level, observable connectivity is down some 20% compared to ordinary levels prior to the onset of conflict,” Alp Toker, director of NetBlocks, told ZDNet

“The reduction in connectivity is attributed to power outages and the destruction of infrastructure in most of the major conflict zones, and the figure also reflects population flight as people leave home and shutter businesses.”

Mariupol, which had about 400,000 residents before the invasion, began seeing widespread outages on Wednesday. Residents told the BBC that there has been “a relentless barrage of Russian shelling.”

One resident said he has spent two days without light, heat or water after filling up a bathtub before the water was shut off. They are now running out of food and medicine. 

Netblocks

The outages in Sumy began on Thursday. Netblocks and others wrote that residents were reporting massive

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