Rolling blackouts start in Kyiv city and oblast following wave of Russian attacks on power stations
Fan blackouts are being introduced in Ukraine due to strikes by the Russian Federation on energy infrastructure facilities (Photo:Jonathan Hanna/Unsplash)
Rolling blackouts were introduced in Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast from 9:20 a.m. on Oct. 21, the press service of DTEK, the company that manages the Kyiv electricity grid, has announced on Facebook.
Stabilization blackouts were reportedly introduced by the order of Ukrenergo, the electricity transmission system operator.
All electricity consumers in the Ukrainian capital were divided into three groups. Each of them will be disconnected at a specified period of time.
Kyiv Oblast Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said on Telegram that there had been an increase in electricity consumption in the region and rotating outages had begun.
Temperatures have dropped in the Kyiv area in recent days, but in many areas the centralized heating system has yet to be turned on.
Kuleba urged residents of Kyiv Oblast to save electricity and refrain from using unnecessary electrical appliances.
Over the past 10 days, Russia has targeted critical facilities and energy infrastructure across Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Oct. 18 that Russia had destroyed 30% of Ukraine’s power stations since Oct. 10. He dubbed the Russian strikes on power and other types of critical infrastructure “another kind of Russian terrorist attack.”
Russia launched fresh missile strikes at Ukraine’s energy facilities on Oct. 19. In particular, the invaders hit the Burshtyn Thermal Power Plant in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. Air defense forces managed to shoot down four enemy missiles and eight kamikaze drones.
On Oct. 20, the President's Office asked Ukrainians to minimize the use of electricity from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
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