Live: Ukraine sets up ‘invincibility centers’ to provide heat and water

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Ukrainians deprived of basic services due to Russian attacks on energy infrastructure will be able to use special “invincibility centers” across the country that provide electricity, heat, water and internet, President Volodymyr Zelensky said. The launch of the centers comes as rights groups accuse Russia of “weaponizing winter” by targeting Ukraine’s national power grid. Follow UKTN’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

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01:16 am: ‘Invincibility centers’ to provide heat and water, says Zelensky

Ukrainians who need basic services if Russia shuts down power plants and other facilities this winter can turn to special “invincibility centers,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Thousands of centers across the country will offer free electricity, heat, water, internet, mobile phone connections and a pharmacy 24 hours a day.

“If massive Russian strikes happen again and power is not restored for hours, the ‘invincibility centers’ will spring into action with all major services,” Zelensky said in a nightly video address.

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Russian attacks have knocked out power for long periods of time for up to 10 million consumers at a time. Ukraine’s national electricity grid operator said on Tuesday the damage was massive.

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