Electricity and water supplies are gradually being restored around Odessa’s key port after the region was hit by drone strikes, the city’s mayor, Hennadii Trukhanov, said in a statement on Telegram.
The number of people without electricity in the region rose from 1.5 million on Saturday to 300,000 on Sunday.
“The situation is quite controlled, although it is not easy,” he said.
Trukhanov said his administration is reviving pumping stations and delivering water by truck to areas where shortages persist. Regarding power supply and heating, the official said that 43 of the 140 boiler rooms were still not working.
“Electrical engineers are working to ensure that electricity returns to the homes of Odessa residents as soon as possible,” the mayor said.
The head of the Odessa regional state administration, Maksym Marchenko, said in a statement that “power is gradually returning to Odessa.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday that the damage was caused by Iranian-made drones, which Russia launched overnight from Friday to Saturday.
Why Odessa’s stability is so important: The port of Odessa is Ukraine’s key to exporting vital food products, especially thanks to its “Grain from Ukraine” initiative, which aims to tackle the global hunger crisis.