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Lights on: Power supply restored in Avdiivka

Avdiivka inhabitants getting food at one of 7 mobile heating points, set by the State Emergency service in the town Credit: Yevhen Kaplin

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine reports that repair works of a power line are finished near the government-controlled front-line town of Avdiivka and electricity is already supplied to the town after almost seven days of power outage.

Volodymyr Groysman, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, says: “Supplying electricity to Avdiivka is restored! We did it through well-coordinated work of the government bodies, military, State Emergency service, services of the Regional State Administration.”

Avdiivka inhabitants confirm it on social networks.

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the sharp escalation in the fighting started on January 29th at 4:40 a.m. EET with “attack of Russian-terrorist forces on positions of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade in the area of Avdiivka along the entire frontline, with the use of 120mm and 82mm mortars, SPG, RPG, small arms.” The attack escalated into a battle with the massive use of heavy artillery and MLRS Grad from the Russia-backed side.

Active battles lasted more than five days, until the morning of February 3.

Amid renewed hostilities, on January 30 Avdiivka left without electricity. Artillery strikes by Russia-backed forces caused de-energizing of Avdiivka. Together with the town itself, the blackout touched a coke plant, supplying Avdiivka with heating, and the Donetsk Filtering Station, supplying water to Avdiivka, Yasynuvata, and north Donetsk. A state of emergency was declared in Avdiivka and later on the same day, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has cut short his visit to Germany due to “an emergency situation (in Avdiivka) verging on a humanitarian disaster,” as the spokesman for Poroshenko told.

A Ukrainian repair crew of electricians tried to approach the damage site few times from February 1, but each time until today their works ended abruptly due to shooting from the Russian side. Only today electricians finally were able to complete the works to restore electricity. However, electricity is still not supplied to some neighborhoods.

Throughout the week of hostilities, humanitarian aid organizations, neighboring communities, the Ukrainian government and individual volunteers made an effort to ease the suffering of the 16,000 civilians in Avdiivka who were left without water, electricity, and heating. Here are some photos of Yevhen Kaplin who was there with the humanitarian aid mission Proliska, that show how the city is getting along.

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