Restoring energy supply to households may take long time, says Ukrenergo

19 December 2022, 06:34 PM
Consequences of the Russian attack on Kyiv (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Consequences of the Russian attack on Kyiv (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Restoring the energy supply to households may take a long time after a new drone attack on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure early on Dec. 19, the Ukrainian power grid operator, Ukrenergo, said on Telegram.

“Enemy UAVs tried to break through to energy facilities across the country throughout the night,” it said.

“Thanks to the professional work of the Air Defense Forces, the enemy failed to fully achieve its goal, but unfortunately, there are several hits on infrastructure facilities.”

State Emergency Service workers continue eliminating the aftermath of the strikes.

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“Repair teams are already assessing damage and starting repair and emergency work where possible,” it said.

“The enemy also fired at the liberated areas in the southern and eastern regions, using artillery systems. There is damage there.”

Ukrenergo said the situation was most complicated in the central and eastern regions, as well near Dnipro. Emergency blackouts were introduced in Sumy, Kharkiv, Poltava, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya, Kirovohrad, Zhytomyr, Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Kyiv oblasts, and the capital city of Kyiv.

Critical infrastructure is a priority for being connected to the power grid, the company said.

At the same time, power engineering specialists continue to keep the situation under control, despite all the damage.

“The power grid is maintaining a stable frequency of 50 Hz, we’re working synchronously with the European continental network,” Ukrenergo said.

Russia launched another drone attack on the city of Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast overnight on Dec. 19.

Two air raid alerts had lasted in the capital city for about four hours, from 2 a.m. to almost 6 a.m.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klychko confirmed explosions in the city’s Solomyanskyi and Shevchenkivskyi districts, as well as a strike at a critical infrastructure facility. Some areas of Kyiv were partially cut off the power.

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