Emergency blackouts across Ukraine after months of Russian attacks on the power grid

Emergency blackouts across Ukraine after months of Russian attacks on the power grid

Ukraine’s state-owned grid operator announced on Tuesday that emergency power cuts were being introduced following a series of Russian attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure.

An emergency shutdown across Ukraine was implemented from 9 p.m. to midnight local time Tuesday, according to Ukrenergo.

“Significant” power shortages have worsened as people used more energy during the recent cold weather, Ukrenergo added.

More context: Moscow has stepped up efforts to cripple Ukraine’s energy system in the past month, as Ukrainian forces struggle to hold positions on key front lines, particularly in the east.

On May 8, the Russian military launched a “massive” missile attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, targeting power generation and transmission facilities in Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Vinnytsia regions.

Ukraine’s largest power company, DTEK, said Russian missiles hit three of its thermal power plants on May 8, adding it was the fifth time its infrastructure had been targeted in the past six weeks.

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