Russian attacks are knocking out power, water and gas to entire towns and cities.

Crews sent to repair the smashed transmission lines and pipes are being caught up in shelling and forced to retreat. Some villages are impossible to reach.

“It is dangerous, because we can hear the shells whistling above us,” said Sergii Marokhin, a water systems engineer in the town of Bakhmut, which has come under increased bombardment recently as Russian forces press their offensive in the Donetsk region of the Donbas, Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland.