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Russia's largest attack on Ukraine's energy sector: in which regions the situation is the most difficult

Kseniya KapustynskaNews
Where is the worst electricity situation?
Where the worst power situation is. Source: Office of the President of Ukraine

Russia's attack on energy infrastructure on March 22 was the largest in the history of the full-scale war, hitting about 20 substations and power plants, including the Dnipro hydroelectric power plant. As of 4 p.m., power engineers and emergency services continue to work to eliminate the consequences and restore power supply to consumers. The most difficult situation remains in Kharkiv.

However, in general, the country's power system is operating stably and there is no power shortage. This was announced by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal at a government meeting on March 22.

"About 20 substations and power plants, including the Dnipro hydroelectric power plant, have been affected. There are problems in several regions. The key thing now is that the power system is intact and the power system is operating stably. Thanks to the additional protection of our power facilities, we have withstood the blow. There is no shortage of capacity and it is not currently expected," Shmyhal said.

According to the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, there are problems with power supply not only in Kharkiv but also in other regions. In particular:

  • restrictions remain in place for consumers in the Odesa region – for more than 230,000 consumers;
  • In the Dnipropetrovsk region, 150 thousand consumers are disconnected, and restrictions are applied to more than 10 thousand subscribers;
  • more than 2,000 customers in the Khmelnytskyi region are without power, and restoration works are ongoing (200,000 customers were cut off in the morning).

"The most difficult situation is in Kharkiv. About 600,000 consumers are still without power due to significant damage. Work is underway to repair the city's critical infrastructure," the statement said.

Power supply has been restored in some regions. In particular, consumers in Vinnytsia and Lviv regions have been restored. In the Zaporizhzhia region, network restrictions have been lifted, but there are still blackouts due to the fighting.

In general, the Russian attack targeted different regions of Ukraine. Russia struck thermal and hydroelectric power plants, as well as main substations operated by Ukrenergo, said Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, chairman of NPC Ukrenergo, on the air of the "Single Telethon".

He also noted that there is damage to energy facilities in many regions, especially, unfortunately, in Kharkiv, where the scale of damage is greater than in other regions. According to Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, the enemy targeted various objects of the power system – generation, high-voltage substations, and distribution operator substations.

"Unfortunately, there are power supply restrictions in different regions of Ukraine, mainly on the left bank of the Dnipro. I emphasize that these are controlled restrictions to keep the system running smoothly. Most of the questions are about the status of damage to DniproHPP: there is currently no risk of a dam breach, the status of damage is being clarified and will be finally understood in a few hours," said the CEO of NPC Ukrenergo.

Volodymyr Kudrytskyi also noted that immediately after the alarms were dismissed, the damage assessment at all facilities began. "I emphasize that we have enough people and skills to overcome the consequences of the treacherous attack quickly. I emphasize once again that the power system is working as a whole. I ask all consumers, all Ukrainians, to be patient and not to panic. This has already happened, power engineers are working and doing everything possible to restore power supply in the affected regions as soon as possible," Kudrytskyi summarized.

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