NewsRussian airstrikes damage Ukrainian energy plants, causing widespread power cuts

Russian airstrikes damage Ukrainian energy plants, causing widespread power cuts

The night attack lasted 9 hours.
The night attack lasted 9 hours.
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12:31 PM EDT, March 29, 2024

Ukrainian energy facilities were the target of a night-time raid by Russian aviation and drones, which resulted in damage to combined heat and power plants and hydroelectric power plants, as announced by the national energy conglomerate Ukrenerho on Friday morning.

Ukrenerho reported on its Telegram channel that "Hydroelectric and combined heat and power plants in the central and western parts of the country were damaged in the night raids."

The night missile and drone attack from Thursday to Friday lasted 9 hours. The cities targeted included Dnipro, Kamianske, Pavlohrad, Kremenchuk, Ivano-Frankivsk, specific areas of the Dnipropetrovsk region, and certain facilities in the Lviv region.

The attacks also targeted Ukrainian energy infrastructure, focusing on the country's energy complex.

The company added that emergency power cut-offs were implemented in the southeast's Dnipropetrovsk region.

During the night, the head of the region, Serhij Lysak, reported that Russian forces attacked infrastructure facilities in the city of Kamianske early on Friday morning, injuring at least one person.

DTEK, Ukraine's largest private energy producer, reported that Russia targeted three of its combined heat and power plants.

The equipment was seriously damaged. Once the attack ended, engineers immediately began repair work, the company conveyed on social media.

Prior Russian attacks had already caused significant damage to Ukrainian energy infrastructure, forcing Kyiv to halt energy exports and rely on imports, Reuters agency reminded.

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