Russia steps up attacks, causes widespread power outages in Ukraine



Northeast Governor Oleh Syniehubov mourns the death of a 19-year-old in an air assault on a petrol station in Kharkiv region

Published Date – 1 April 2024, 11:00 AM

Russia steps up attacks, causes widespread power outages in Ukraine

A view shows the city without electricity after critical civil infrastructure was hit by Russian missile attacks in Kharkiv (Photo/Reuters)

Kyiv: Russia‘s aggressive strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure have claimed two lives in separate incidents. One casualty occurred in the western Lviv region, where a building was obliterated, igniting a fierce blaze, Governor Maksym Kozytskyi conveyed via Telegram on Sunday, highlighting ongoing rescue efforts, Al Jazeera reported.

In the northeast, Governor Oleh Syniehubov lamented the loss of a 19-year-old individual following an air assault that struck a petrol station in the Kharkiv region.

Simultaneously, in Ukraine’s Odesa region, the aftermath of a downed Russian drone wreaked havoc, leaving hundreds of thousands without power as debris ignited a conflagration at an energy facility, Al Jazeera reported, citing, Governor Oleh Kiper.

DTEK, Ukraine‘s foremost private electricity provider, underscored the scale of the crisis, revealing that 170,000 households grappled with power outages in the attack’s aftermath.

The Ukrainian air force, amidst the chaos, demonstrated resilience by intercepting a significant portion of Russian aggression, claiming to have downed nine of 11 drones and nine out of 14 cruise missiles launched overnight.

However, the assault on DTEK’s plants represents only a fraction of the broader onslaught on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. Russian strikes have inflicted substantial damage across multiple regions, with the Zmiiv Thermal Power Plant, a cornerstone of the northeastern Kharkiv region, reduced to ruins, according to Ukrainian energy company Centrenergo.

The repercussions of these attacks reverberate beyond physical destruction, exacerbating the plight of already vulnerable communities. Approximately 120,000 individuals continue to endure power outages in the Zmiiv area, compounding the suffering of 700,000 others left in the dark following the plant’s initial bombardment on March 22.

Despite the relentless barrage, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy rallied his nation, urging resilience and defiance in the face of adversity

“There is not a day or night right now when Russian terror does not try to shatter our lives. Last night, we once again saw rockets and Shaheds launched against our people,” he said.

“We defend ourselves, we persevere; our spirit does not give up and knows that death can be averted. Life can win,” Zelenskyy said.

Meanwhile, in Russia, the fallout from the conflict spilled over into the border region of Belgorod, where 10 Czech-made Vampire rockets struck, causing chaos and injury. Regional Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov acknowledged the toll of the attack, underscoring the indiscriminate nature of the violence plaguing the region, Al Jazeera reported.



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