Latest Russian missile strike sets Ukraine’s electricity grid back a week, says energy company

7 December 2022, 12:31 PM
Kyiv during a blackout (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Kyiv during a blackout (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

The latest Russian massive missile strike on Dec. 5 set repairs to Ukraine’s power grid back a week, Serhiy Kovalenko, the CEO of energy provider Yasno, said in a post on Facebook on Dec. 6.

“The available capacity was at the level of 62-67% of typical consumption in Kyiv today,” Kovalenko said.

“In fact, the latest attack set us back about a week. But I hope we will quickly return to stabilization schedules.”

Kovalenko noted that Kyiv’s authorities are continuing to work with housing cooperatives and municipal housing organizations so that during power outages they can independently turn off power to homes that share power lines with critical infrastructure.

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“There are already solutions for 474 houses – the management companies are ready to independently turn off the power in case of emergency or stabilization shutdowns,” he said.

“I’m grateful to the city authorities for such a difficult decision. Why is it important? It’s because in conditions of significant restrictions, the main goal is to provide power to critical infrastructure, as well as distributing the rest equally among the population.”

Russia launched another massive missile attack on Ukraine on Dec. 5. Ukrainian air defenses managed to intercept 60 of around 70 incoming cruise missiles.

Energy facilities in Odesa, Vinnytsia, Kyiv, and Mykolayiv oblast were hit.

Yasno is a branch of Ukraine’s largest private energy company DTEK. It sells electricity to households and private businesses and organizations.

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