Kyiv may return to scheduled power cuts on Nov. 27, says mayor

26 November 2022, 06:36 PM
A quarter of Kyiv residents still without power three days after Russian attack (Photo:REUTERS / Vladyslav Sodel)

A quarter of Kyiv residents still without power three days after Russian attack (Photo:REUTERS / Vladyslav Sodel)

Kyiv may return to the planned schedules of power outages from Nov. 27, Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said on the Kyiv TV channel on Nov. 26

"As of this morning, the situation is as follows: almost all buildings in Kyiv have heat supply – 95%," Klitschko said.

“In the near future, I am sure, it will be 100%. At the moment, 25% of Kyiv residents are without electricity, but if we continue to work, I’m convinced that in the coming days – I hope, tomorrow – we can (get back to) the planned schedules of outages.”

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Much of Ukraine has been working under a schedule of planned power outages, which are designed to reduce overall power consumption and ease the load on Ukraine’s electrical grid, which has been heavily damaged by several mass Russian missile attacks.

Klitschko also noted that water was now available throughout the city. People in Kyiv frequently lose water supplies as well in the event of a power cut, as electrical pumps are used to maintain water pressure, especially in high-rise buildings.

He thanked the employees of utility companies for their selfless work.

Earlier, the Kyiv authorities reported that as of 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 26, 130,000 residents of the capital remained without an electricity supply, in emergency mode. All restoration works are planned to be completed within 24 hours.

Much of Kyiv and its surrounding oblast lost power, water and heating on Nov. 23 when Russia fired a massive barrage of cruise missiles at Ukraine, targeting civilian energy, water and heating infrastructure.

Ukraine’s air defenses shot down 51 of the 61 incoming Russian missiles, including 21 of the 31 that had targeted Kyiv and its surrounding oblast.

Some parts of Kyiv and other areas in the country have now been without power for three days.

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