Ukrainians face first nationwide electricity outages after Russian strikes

KYIV: Ukrainians faced the first large-scale power outages nationwide on Thursday as officials sought to limit supply to allow energy companies to repair damaged electrical facilities. hit by Russian air strikes.
The presidential office told Ukrainians late on Wednesday that they should reduce their electricity use from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and prepare for a temporary blackout if this is not done.
There is no announcement of a schedule for the power outage, but major cities such as the capital Kyiv and Kharkiv in the northeast have announced restrictions on the use of electric public transport such as trolleybuses and a reduction in the frequency of trams. implicit.
DTEK, a major electricity supplier in Kyiv, told consumers it would do its best to ensure the blackout did not last more than four hours.
The entire northeastern region of Sumy Which border? Russia says it will run all day – from 07:00 to 23:00 local time – without water, electric transportation or street lighting.
“We need time to restore power plants, we need consumers to rest” Volodymyr KudrytskyiHead of grid operation department Ukrenergotold the Ukrainians on wartime television early Thursday.
Chairperson Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said that Russian air strikes have caused 30% damage Ukraineof the power station in just over a week. He said late Wednesday that three other energy facilities were attacked that day.
“Limit electricity consumption and use appliances that consume a lot of energy,” he told Ukrainians in his nightly address to the nation.
One of the affected facilities is a large coal-fired power plant in the city of Burshtyn, western Ukraine.
“Unfortunately there was destruction, and it was quite serious,” Svitlana OnyshchukThe governor of the state of Ivano-Frankivsk, said on Ukrainian television, speaking about the strike.
Russia stepped up attacks on critical infrastructure in Ukraine last week.


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