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Russia attacked energy facilities in 6 Ukrainian regions overnight, blackouts possible this evening - Energy Ministry

Oleksandr LytvynNews
The tariff may be raised, but the situation will not change in May
The tariff may be raised, but the situation will not change in May. Source: Freepik

On the night of May 8, Russia shelled three DTEK thermal power plants, severely damaging the equipment. In general, in the morning, at Ukraine's request, emergency electricity is supplied from the EU power systems. In the evening, consumption may be limited.

The Ministry of Energy spoke about possible blackouts. It called on the industry to:

  • review production processes to reduce the load on the power system;
  • maximize imports "to guarantee the avoidance of outages and strengthen the stability of the power system."

"Today, during the morning peak hours, at Ukraine's request, emergency electricity is being supplied from the power systems of Poland, Romania and Slovakia. In the evening hours, it is advisable to limit electricity consumption," the statement said.

Consequences of Russian shelling

In general, the ministry said, during the night attack, electricity generation and transmission facilities in Poltava, Kropyvnytskyi, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia regions were shelled.

"The consequences are being clarified. Power engineers are already working to eliminate them. The enemy wants to deprive us of the ability to generate and transmit electricity sufficiently," the statement said.

At the same time, the Ministry once again appealed to Ukrainians to use electricity sparingly. They should reduce electricity consumption both in the morning and evening.

For its part, DTEK reported that Russia shelled three of the company's thermal power plants on the night of May 8. "Power engineers are currently working to eliminate the consequences of the attack. This is the fifth massive shelling of the company's energy facilities in the last month and a half. The last time the enemy attacked DTEK's thermal power plants during massive attacks on March 22 and 29, April 11 and 27," DTEK said on its official Telegram channel.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, DTEK's thermal power plants have been shelled about 180 times. During this period, 51 employees were injured and three power engineers were killed in the shelling.

As previously reported, the National Commission on Energy and Utilities states that no work is being done to raise the electricity tariff in May. However, the decision should be made by the government, not the National Commission.

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