Blackouts after Russian strikes deepen Ukraine’s concerns before winter

KYIV: Russian Missile Attack UkraineThe nation’s power grid caused power outages in many parts of the country on Monday, adding to fears of power outages this winter and sending Kyiv to suspend the export of electricity.
The attacks left at least 11 civilians dead and 64 injured, leaving four areas temporarily without power and disrupting supplies in several other areas, the state Emergencies Service said.
Authorities in Kyiv asked civilians and businesses to limit their energy use, and the energy ministry said it was halting electricity exports to the European grid after the biggest attack on the energy system since since the war started in February.
Long lines formed at petrol stations in some areas.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, vice president of the presidential office, said on the messaging app Telegram: “It is clear that now most of the missiles have hit the electrical systems of different cities.
He warned civilians that “you need to be prepared for the consequences of such shelling, until the power goes out.”
Electricity was later restored in Lviv, western Ukraine but it is unclear when it will be fully restored in other regions without power – Ternopil in the west, Sumy in the northeast and Poltava in central Ukraine.
The Kyiv city government has urged residents and businesses to limit electricity consumption from 5pm to 10pm and urged sign owners to turn off their lights during this time.
“We also urge the people of Kyiv to limit the use of energy-intensive appliances wherever possible. Help the city survive critical loads on the grid!” the city government said in a statement.
With no end to the war, Ukrainian authorities have warned of Russian attacks on critical infrastructure and braced for a grim winter. Monday’s attacks have heightened those concerns.
Ukraine’s military intelligence said the main goal of the attacks was to destroy thermal power plants as well as “create panic among the Ukrainian people and intimidate the European public.”
Ben Hodges, a retired US general, said the intensity and volume of the attacks suggested they were planned before the weekend’s explosion on a bridge connecting Russia and the president’s annexation of Crimea. Vladimir Putin says he is seeking revenge.
“To launch as many rockets as today, it’s not something you wake up in the morning and decide to do,” Hodges, who commands US military forces in Europe, told Reuters.
The war has caused great damage to the energy grid, and Zaporizhzhia The nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine is in a state of “downtime” after being occupied by Russian troops. The plant typically produces about one-fifth of Ukraine’s electricity.
Officials have urged people to stock up on everything from firewood to generators, and fears of disrupting the home heating season can be difficult to prepare for because various things can go wrong. omission.


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