The Ukrainian energy operator ukrenergo warned on Monday that emergency cuts would be applied in all regions of the country as it deals with the fallout from a new wave of Russian attacks.
“Due to the consequences of the shelling, in order to maintain the balance between electricity production and consumption, a regime of emergency power outages will be introduced in all regions of Ukraine,” Ukrenergo said on his Telegram account.
“As a matter of priority, electricity will be supplied to critical infrastructure facilities”the company added.
The operator maintained that “the situation is difficult, but it is under control”, after Ukrainian forces announced that they had destroyed more than 60 of the 70 missiles launched by Vladimir Putin’s troops. Ukrainian President, Volodimir Zelenskyassured that the country’s anti-aircraft defense “shot down most of the missiles” Russians.
Even so, Ukrenergo pointed out that “some power plants will not be able to work at full capacity for some time”: “Combined with the increase in frost in the next 24 hours, this will cause an electricity deficit in the system.”
According to the company, emergency repair work is underway.
On Monday, the Russian military acknowledged a “massive attack on Ukrainian military command systems and related defense, communications, energy and military facilities.”
After suffering humiliating defeats in what has become Europe’s biggest armed conflict since World War II, Russia began attacking Ukrainian energy infrastructure in October, causing widespread blackouts.
On Friday, Putin declared that Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure were “inevitable.”
On Monday, the head of the military administration of Kryvyi Rig (center) said that “a part of the city is without electricity.”
The operators of Odessa (southwest) and Sumi (northeast) respectively reported cuts in water supply and electricity. There was also no current in Mykolaiv, in the south of the country, according to the mayor Oleksander Sienkevich.
The deputy head of the presidential administration, Kyrylo Tymochenkostated that these bombardments had caused at least two deaths and three injuries, including a child.
In Borodianka, a town northwest of the capital kyiv, large tents equipped with wood-burning stoves have been set up on the streets so people can heat or cook when their homes have no electricity.
“Power cuts last four hours, sometimes six,” he told the agency. AFP Serguiione of its inhabitants.
During a visit to kyiv, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, claimed on Twitter that he had to go to a bomb shelter and continue a meeting. “Unbelievable that this happens almost every day,” she wrote.
At the diplomatic level, this Monday the cap imposed on the price of Russian oil decided by the European Union, the G7 countries and Australia came into force, to economically harm Moscow.
The adopted mechanism provides that only Russian oil sold at a price equal to or less than $60 a barrel can be delivered.
“The economy of the Russian Federation has all the necessary capabilities to fully respond to the needs and requirements of the special military operation. These measures will have no impact,” the Kremlin spokesman told reporters. Dmitry Peskov.
(With information from AFP)
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