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Inside Ukraine’s blackouts: Fraught operations, candlelit concerts, anger with Russia

By Matthew Luxmoore

29 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

As Russian forces continue to bombard Ukraine, targeting its energy infrastructure, The Wall Street Journal has an on-the-ground report that shows how Ukrainians are coping with the darkness.

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KYIV, Ukraine—Doctors were operating on Ksenia Maikan’s 14-year-old son at a hospital in the capital last week when she heard two explosions and saw the lights in the surgery room go out.

Russia had fired another barrage of missiles at targets across Ukraine that morning, causing fresh power outages in major cities including the capital. Hospital staff scrambled to get patients and relatives to the bomb shelter, but Ms. Maikan chose to stay near her son, David, who was undergoing heart surgery for a congenital defect. The doctors continued to work as generators kicked in to power critical equipment and assistants shone lamps to illuminate the boy’s chest.

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