Russia intensified attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine and kyiv will suffer more forced blackouts

A view shows the city center without power after critical civilian infrastructure was hit by Russian missile strikes in Ukraine, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, in kyiv (GLEB GARANICH/)

The Russian army has continued last night with its attacks against key infrastructures at various points of Ukraineincluding in the region of Dnepropetrovskwhere the bombings have destroyed a service station, an industrial plant and other facilities.

“Russian forces attacked the Dnipropetrovsk region on the night of November 2-3, hitting energy and water supply infrastructure facilities in the city of Kryvyi Rih, a gas station in Nikopol and an industrial plant in pavlohrad”, assured this Thursday Valentyn Reznichenkohead of the regional Military Administration on Telegram.

The information was also confirmed on his Telegram account by Mykola Lukashukhead of the Council of this region in southern Ukraine, close to the battle lines between Russians and Ukrainians.

Reznichenko He added that “several large-scale attacks took place last night… The Russians attacked water and power supply infrastructure facilities in Kryvyi Rih, causing considerable damage. Emergency services are working on the spot.”

For its part, Lukashuk specified that the power plant of Kryvyi Rih had been hit by a Russian kamikaze dronewhile the water supply network had been destroyed by a missile.

In this offensive, Russian forces used Grad multiple launch rocket systems and heavy artillery, according to sources collected by Ukrainian agencies.

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A van drives past a roadside crater caused by a missile strike as Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine continues. (CLODAGH KILCOYNE/)

The Russians also damaged an apartment block, two private houses, a university, a car repair shop, a furniture factory, an industrial plant and several power lines in Nikopolin the same region, where Dniprothe fourth most populous city in the country.

More than 1,000 homes in the area have lost power as a result of the Russian attacks. Electrical engineers have been dispatched to repair the damage and restore the power supply, the military officials added.

No casualties have been reported as a result of the attacks.

the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorovreported for its part, explosions during the early morning in this city near Zaporizhia occupied by the Russians, reported the newspaper Kyiv Independent.

According to Fedorov, a part of the premises of a compressor factory for industrial air conditioners, which Russian troops have been using to house their troops, was destroyed in the attack.

Meanwhile, units of Ukraine’s Skhid (East) Air Command shot down four Russian Shahed-136 kamikaze drones over the Nikopol district.

The Russian attacks in recent hours have also caused the disconnection of the Ukrainian electrical network from the Zaporizhia nuclear plant, the largest in Europe and currently taken by Russian troops.

Electric Supply in kyiv

The Ukrainian authorities announced this Thursday that both the capital, Kyivlike nine other regions, will suffer scheduled power cuts today, in line with a program of restrictions after the attacks in recent weeks by Russian forces against supply stations in the European country.

A view shows the city without power after critical civilian infrastructure was hit by Russian missile strikes
A view shows the city without power after critical civilian infrastructure was targeted by Russian missile strikes (STRINGER/)

the electric company Ukrenergo has indicated that it has given distribution network operators “limited volumes of electricity supply” that will affect kyiv, Chernigov, Cherkasi, Zhytomyr, Sumi, Kharkiv and Poltavto –where there are blackout schedules–, as well as to Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia and Kirovohrad, where there are “emergency blackout schedules”.

“In this format, it is the responsibility of the local distribution network operator to provide information on the blackout situation in streets or districts. We recall that the consumption restrictions are necessary to reduce the load on the networks, guarantee a sustainable balance of the energy system and avoid accidents after the damage to the energy networks due to missile and drone attacks by Russia”, he argued.

Thus, Ukrenergo has highlighted in his message through Telegram that “these measures allow energy companies to restore damaged energy facilities as soon as possible, balance the system and provide energy to all consumers.”

the ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyassured on Tuesday that his Government will do everything possible to supply electricity and heating to the cities, although he recalled that Russia “will do everything possible” to avoid it. “We will do everything we can to give people electricity and heat this winter. But we must understand that Russia will do everything to destroy the normalcy of life,” she said.

Volodimir Zelensky's message after the Russian bombing
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

On the other hand, he assured that the Government is carrying out restoration work continuously and without interruption, also in the territories “liberated from the occupants”, while accusing Russia of taking into account “expenditure on energy terror”. , assuring that with the attacks perpetrated by Russia on Monday in Ukrainian territory, the monthly pensions of more than two million Russians could have been paid.

Blackout at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

The Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom has denounced this Thursday that the nuclear plant of Zaporizhzhiaunder the control of Russian forces since the end of February as part of the invasion of the country, has suffered a blackout due to a power outage following an artillery attack by troops from Russia.

“The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is completely without power due to an artillery attack by racists,” Energoatom said in a message on its Telegram account. Thus, he has detailed that the attack was carried out on Wednesday and has pointed out that it would have caused damage to two high-voltage lines, which caused the entry into activity of 20 generators.

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the course of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine on the outskirts of Enerhodar
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the course of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine on the outskirts of Enerhodar (ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/)

For this reason, the company has highlighted that “the needs of the plant’s energy supply scheme have been optimized, with nine operating generators”, while two reactors have been cooled. “The operations of the generators in a situation of total blackout will be active for 15 days. The countdown has begun”, he added.

Energoatom has also explained that “due to the occupation of the plant and the interference in its work by representatives (of the Russian company) rosetomthe possibilities for the Ukrainian authorities to maintain security at the Zaporizhzhia NPP are significantly limited”.

“We again call on the international community to urgently take measures for the demilitarization, as soon as possible, of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the withdrawal of all Russian personnel from the territory of the station and the city of Energodar and the return of the plant. to total control of Ukraine, in the name of the security of the whole world,” he said.

(With information from EFE and Europa Press)

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