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Russian attacks damage energy facilities, causing power deficit, Energy Ministry says

by Nate Ostiller and The Kyiv Independent news desk June 15, 2024 1:36 PM 2 min read
Cars drive on a dark street after a Russian missile strike caused city-wide blackouts in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on April 11, 2024. Photo for illustrative purposes. (Yevhenii Vasyliev/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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Russian attacks over the past day damaged an energy facility in Chernihiv Oblast and a high-voltage substation in an unspecified location in Ukraine's eastern region, Ukraine's Energy Ministry said on June 15.

The attacks caused almost 1,800 households to lose power in Chernihiv Oblast, as well as an unknown number of households to lose power in Ukraine's east. A powerline was also disconnected for "technical reasons" in Kirovohrad Oblast, causing some households to lose electricity, the Energy Ministry said.

The attacks caused a deficit in the country's power supply, requiring additional electricity to be diverted from Poland.

In recent months, Russia has intensified its attacks against Ukraine's critical infrastructure in a renewed assault against the country's energy grid.

As a result of the attacks on energy infrastructure, Ukraine began implementing rolling shutdowns on May 15, but they have dramatically increased in recent days.

In a "worst-case" scenario in which Ukraine is unable to repair damaged energy facilities and prevent future attacks, Ukrainians could experience up to 20 hours of blackouts a day, Executive Director of Ukraine's largest privately-owned energy company DTEK Dmytro Sakharuk told the Kyiv Independent in an interview on June 9.

Russian missile and drone attacks have reportedly destroyed 9 gigawatts (GW) of Ukraine's capacity.

Ukraine wants to restore energy facilities damaged by Russia by winter with allied help, Zelensky says at Berlin conference
“We are asking you for equipment from your shutdown power plants and direct financial support. This will allow us to respond to the situation here and now. To preserve normal life,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

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