Another wave of Russian missile strikes left several Ukrainian regions without power on Thursday, with crews across the country rushing to restore power as the New Year holidays approached.
Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said infrastructure in Kyiv in north-central Ukraine and Odessa in the south had been damaged by the dam and were experiencing power outages emergency – when electricity is cut in a protective manner to reduce network damage. short circuit.
“Today the enemy carried out another massive attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure,” Halushchenko said in a Facebook post. “Unfortunately, production facilities and power grids are damaged. As of 11:00 a.m., the situation is difficult in the west of the country, Odessa and Kyiv regions.”
Forty percent of Kyiv residents were without electricity, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Thursday, adding that it was due to security measures taken by electrical engineers during the air raid alarm and that they were now working to restore services. “The city provides heat and water in normal mode,” Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging platform.
Authorities in Odessa, southern Ukraine, said emergency power cuts were triggered amid the missile attacks. “They are introduced due to the threat of missile attacks to prevent major damage if the enemy manages to hit energy installations,” DTEK, a utility company, said in a statement.
In western Ukraine, Lviv Mayor Andrii Sadovyi said 90% of the city was without electricity, warning that the city’s aqueducts could also stop working.