Most of Kyiv City and Oblast facing serious blackout, no timeline for restoration yet

20 December 2022, 07:39 PM
80% of Kyiv Oblast remains without electricity (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

80% of Kyiv Oblast remains without electricity (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Kyiv Oblast continues to suffer from the effects of a recent Russian mass drone strike, with 80% of the region facing a lack of power, regional governor OleksiyKuleba reported on Telegram.

According to him, the most difficult situation is in the Bucha, Vyshhorod, Obukhiv, and Fastiv districts, representing over 30 communities in total. Bucha specifically was noted as being in a complete blackout.

According to the mayor of Bucha, Anatoliy Fedoruk, the towns of Bucha, Hostomel, Irpin, as well as the villages of Horenka, Moshchun, Nemishayevo, and Borodyanka have been left without power at all.

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"I ask the heads of condominiums, management companies and entrepreneurs, and all residents of the community to organize themselves to help their neighbors and each other, as the situation may worsen," Fedoruk warned.

According to him, social facilities and critical infrastructure will be powered from alternative sources, and if technically possible, will temporarily have a stable power supply from DTEK grids.

Governor Kuleba added that the restoration of power in the oblast will first be prioritized for critical infrastructure – hospitals, heat, and water supply facilities.

"In coordination with Ukrenergo and DTEK, we are making every effort to restore power supply as soon as possible and to reach the planned outage schedules,” the governor said.

“We will promptly inform you about the progress of the repairs.”

The already-difficult power situation in Kyiv worsened significantly after Dec. 19, when the Russian military conducted a mass attack on Kyiv and the region with Iranian drones. While most were intercepted, a number of drones were still able to strike critical infrastructure facilities.

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