Power cuts in Kyiv to last longer following fresh attacks on grid by Russia

27 October 2022, 07:12 PM
Power cuts in Kyiv to last longer following fresh attacks on grid by Russia (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Power cuts in Kyiv to last longer following fresh attacks on grid by Russia (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Electricity transmission system operator Ukrenergo is introducing longer emergency power outages in Kyiv after a new Russian attack on an energy infrastructure facility, the press service of DTEK Kyiv Grids reported on Facebook on Oct. 27.

Due to the Russian attack, a number of critical facilities were put out of operation. As a result, there is a power shortage of 30% of consumption in Kyiv and the region.

The schedules of stabilization outages, which were drawn up the day before, are no longer relevant. Stricter and longer power cuts will be introduced in the coming days.

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"DTEK power engineers, together with specialists of NPC Ukrenergo, other emergency services and public authorities, are doing everything possible to stabilize the situation as soon as possible," the statement reads.

DTEK urged to consume electricity moderately – to turn on energy-intensive appliances one by one, to minimize electricity consumption in the morning from 06.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and in the evening from 5.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Business customers are asked to limit the use of outdoor lighting on the facades of offices, restaurants, and shopping centers.

Since Oct. 10, Russia has targeted critical and energy infrastructure across Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Oct. 18 that during this period, the aggressor state destroyed more than 30% of power plants in Ukraine. He called the Russian strikes on Ukrainian energy and critical infrastructure a new type of terrorist attack.

To stabilize the power system across different regions of Ukraine, rolling blackouts are introduced daily.

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