Russian occupiers totally destroyed energy infrastructure in Kherson
Kherson (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko / REUTERS)
Russia’s invasion force totally destroyed all energy infrastructure facilities in Kherson, but work will be done to restore it as soon as possible, the executive director of Ukraine’s largest energy company DTEK, Dmytro Sakharuk, said on Ukrainian broadcaster Suspilne TV.
"We need to check the regions without any electricity at all,” Sakharuk said.
“As of today, that’s the liberated part of Kherson. The Russian terrorists completely destroyed the energy system there. There’s a total blackout, without any scheduled power cuts.”
Sakharuk said the restoration of energy infrastructure facilities in Kyiv Oblast after its liberation from Russian occupation in spring took about 30 days.
He said approximately the same time would be needed to repair the energy facilities in the liberated part of Kherson Oblast.
Ukraine on Nov. 11 took control of right-bank Kherson Oblast, the part of the oblast to the west of the river Dnipro, after Russian invasion forces retreated from the area.
Ukraine launched a counter-offensive against Russian forces in the south of the country on Aug. 29. For weeks, Ukrainian forces pummeled Russian forces with artillery, and knocked out the bridges across the Dnipro used to supply the enemy in right-bank Kherson Oblast.
The Russian military on Nov. 9 announced that it would withdraw its forces from right-bank Ukraine, and Ukraine liberated the area, including the city of Kherson, over the next two days.
The Kremlin on Sept. 30 claimed it had annexed Ukraine’s Kherson Oblast to Russia. Kherson was the only regional capital in Ukraine that Russia managed to capture after launching its full-scale invasion and war on Ukraine on Feb. 24.
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