Ukrainian towns and cities are not the only ones without power today’s Russian missile strike has caused blackouts across half of neighbouring Moldova

"Massive blackout in Moldova after today's Russian attack on Ukraine's energy infrastructure," Andrei Spinu, who also serves as infrastructure minister, said on Twitter.

Power was restored in the capital Chisinau by 15:35 local time (13:35), according to a Reuters journalist.

Outages were also reported in the breakaway Russian-backed region of Transnistria, the local interior ministry said in a statement. Power was later restored in Tiraspol, the capital of the region.

In a separate post on Telegram, Spinu said the situation was a repeat of 15 November, when Moldova also suffered blackouts after Russian missile strikes.

Moldova shares its north-eastern border with Ukraine, a fellow ex-Soviet state, and is connected to its power grid.

Both the Moldovan police force and Premier Energy, a Moldovan company that supplies electricity across the south and centre of the country, asked people to remain calm and take precautionary measures.