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As Ukrainian pensioner Halyna Halytska gets ready for her hospital treatment, her mind wanders to one thing: Will she have enough water and power?

Russian air strikes can cause outages in Ukraine that last hours. Halytska and 27 others are tied to dialysis machines at Obukhiv hospital, south of Kyiv.

Pumping stations were affected by power cuts. This was a concern for patients who use hundreds of litres to get their treatments. The medics try their best. Sometimes, however, the pipes burst and the medics have to stop life-saving treatments.

Halytska, 65 years old, said from her hospital bed: "It's a conflict and there's nothing we can do about it."

روسيا intensified its attacks against power plants, substations, and other targets mid-October amid many battlefield setbacks after its February 24 invasion.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President of Ukraine, stated that 40% of the country’s energy infrastructure was أضرار جسيمة.

Yuriy Ihnat, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force, stated on Thursday that Russia is likely to stockpile missiles and drones in preparation for future strikes.

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'WE COULDN'T LEAVE'

Chief doctor Tetiana Tremba stated that stable power is vital for patients at Obukhiv Central District Hospital.

However, the outages continue to occur due to direct strikes on infrastructure as well as rolling blackouts imposed daily by energy providers in order to relieve grid pressure and repair the grid.

Patients can suffer from nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms if they are not given enough time. It is not possible to skip treatment. Tremba stated, "They can't live without it."

Sometimes, the impact of war is even closer.

Halytska, amidst the dull sound of the dialysis machines recalled last month's Russian strikes that occurred near her treatment.

She said, "We couldn’t do anything because we were tied up (to equipment)", "We couldn't leave."

Tremba was also there. She said: "It's such an responsibility." "So many people were lying and we didn’t know what would happen."

BLACKOUTS & GENERATORS

Vitalii Vlasiuk (deputy governor of the Kyiv Region in charge of healthcare) said that around 60 hospitals had been hit by attacks and twice as many were affected by Russia's invasion.

Bohdan Borukhovskiy, Deputy Health Minister, stated to Reuters that no deaths had been recorded due to power cuts.

He stated that all departments where planned surgeries were performed had access to the minimum amount of electricity required to complete them.

He said that the hospitals in Ukraine did not have enough generators for all outages.

He said that more than 400 generators had been delivered to hospitals across the country by government officials who worked with international partners. A joint project with World Bank was expected to deliver another 1,100 generators, and 170 from the World Health Organization.

Wednesday's proposal by the European Commission for a financial support package of €18 billion for Ukraine included funding for Kyiv to repair critical infrastructure.

Halytska, along with 27 other Obukhiv patients with kidney disease, dread the next power cut.

She said: "Without dialysis there is no life."

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