President Volodymyr Zelensky said ten million Ukrainians are without power as temperatures plunge further below freezing after more Russian missile strikes. CNN spoke to residents of Kyiv about how they are coping with the circumstances.
Volodymyr Honor, 32, heads the training department of the Center for Emergency Medical Care in Kyiv. Due to the nature of their work, ambulance stations are always independent of power outages and have electricity. However, when he gets home the problems start.
“I live on the 9th floor, it’s hard to go up without the lift, which shuts down during power outages,” he says. “But with my wife, it’s a romantic evening by candlelight.”
But Honor’s greatest concern is the soldiers on the front lines. He says if they are fine, then everything will be fine.
Olena Kravchuk, 35 There is a utility worker who lives in Irpin and works in Kyiv. The blackout isn’t affecting her job as she works outside, but at home, her children are having trouble accessing school online and missing classes.
“If there is no electricity and gas, then there will be no heat, we are very worried about this,” says Kravchuk. “When you come home from work, the lights are on, you can’t call your kids, there’s no cell phone or internet.”
Elena Khakina, 63, and Larisa Polyakova, 66, There are displaced pensioners from Kharkiv who have been living in Kyiv for the last three months. Both women are very worried about their loved ones who live in Kharkiv.
“My son doesn’t have electricity 24 hours a day in Kharkiv, it worries me a lot,” says Polyakova. Power cuts are not that sharp in the capital.
“We are from Kharkiv, and we are united here in Kyiv and try to support each other,” Khakina says. The windows in her Kharkiv apartment have been shattered by shelling, and she cannot go back and survive the winter there.
Bogdan, 30, is a food delivery man in Kyiv. Bogdan, who did not want to give his last name, says the power cuts affect his work because many cafes have to close, and orders drop.
He also finds it difficult to charge his electric bike used for delivery. Heavy snow will make biking around town more difficult.
When there is no electricity in the house, he listens to audiobooks downloaded on his phone.
He worries about the soldiers in the trenches facing the harsh winter. And the rest, he says, “we’ll get through the rest.”