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Ukrenergo: Imported energy won't fully cover deficit after latest Russian attack

by Chris York May 8, 2024 11:53 PM 1 min read
Illustrative purposes: A worker walks through a burned-out control room at a power plant of energy provider DTEK, destroyed after an attack, in an undisclosed location in Ukraine on April 19, 2024. (Genya Savilov/AFP via Getty Images)
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Imports from Europe will not be sufficient to completely cover Ukraine's energy deficit caused by the latest Russian attack, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, the head of Ukrenergo, said on May 8.

Speaking to Ukrainska Pravda, Kudrytskyi said the damage caused by the strike was "quite large-scale."

"It is so considerable that even energy imports from Europe are not enough to fully compensate for the deficit in the power system," he added.

Russian forces launched a large-scale attack against Ukrainian cities overnight on May 8.

Ukraine's Energy Ministry said that energy infrastructure was attacked in Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia oblasts.

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Three thermal power plants were damaged in the recent attacks, according to Ukraine's largest private energy company DTEK.

The company did not specify the location of the plants but said that the equipment was seriously damaged.

Earlier on May 8, Ukrenergo said it would be limiting energy supplies for industrial and commercial users between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

"The reason for the caps is a shortage of electricity caused by a massive Russian missile and drone attack on energy facilities," the state-owned energy operator said in a statement.

Updated: Russia launches large-scale attack against Ukraine, hitting energy infrastructure
Russian forces launched a large-scale attack against Ukrainian cities overnight on May 8.
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