Ukrenergo completes restoration of energy facilities after Russia’s March 9 mass missile attack

2 April, 03:43 PM
Ukrainian energy workers (Photo:DTEK/Telegram)

Ukrainian energy workers (Photo:DTEK/Telegram)

Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s state electricity transmission system operator, has completed the restoration of power facilities in central Ukraine following Russia’s last mass missile attack on March 9, the company wrote on Telegram on April 2.

"All consumption restrictions that were introduced on Kyiv, Zhytomyr, and Kharkiv oblasts due to the damage to power facilities caused by a Russian mass missile attack on March 9 have been lifted. We're grateful to our Lithuanian colleagues for providing help," the message reads.

There are no current limitations to power consumption in Ukraine, Ukrenergo added.

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Russia conducted a mass missile attack on Ukraine using variety of missiles and Iranian-made suicide Shahed drones in the early hours of March 9. A series of explosions were heard throughout Ukrainian cities, including the capital of Kyiv.

In the same barrage, a Russian missile killed five people after hitting a residential neighborhood in Zolochiv, Lviv Oblast.

Russia started a campaign of mass missile attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine in early October last year, with the aim of depriving Ukrainians of heat, power and water supplies during winter.

Over the course of more than a dozen mass missile attacks, at some points up to 50% of Ukraine’s energy system sustained damage, according to the Ukrainian authorities.

Throughout the winter, large parts of the country experienced regular scheduled emergency blackouts, which were imposed to make up for the shortfall in generating capacity and to stabilize the electricity grid.

However, by March there were signs that Russia’s campaign against infrastructure in Ukraine was petering out, with fewer missiles used in each attack, and the attacks coming successively less frequent.

Military experts speculate that Russia has already heavily depleted its stocks of high-precision missiles, and now has to wait until it can build more missiles before launching another mass attack.

Russia also appears to be relying more on attacks with its Iranian-made Shahed kamikaze drones, which it now launches in regular nighttime attacks on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and other parts of the country.

However, since Russia’s campaign of missile attack began, Ukraine has obtained modern air defense systems from its military allies, and the number of both cruise missiles and flying bomb drones that it is able to shoot down has increase dramatically.

In the last drone attack, on March 31, Ukraine shot down nine out of 10 drones launched at the country by Russia.

In the attack before that, on March 28, Ukraine shot down 14 out of 15 of the Iranian kamikaze drones.

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