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Massive Russian attacks against Ukraine’s power grid

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock speaks with Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko during a visit to a thermal power plant destroyed in a Russian attack. The picture was taken on 21 May. Photo: Jevhen Maloletka / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 01.06.2024 12:03:01

A commander in Ukraine’s air force says at the same time that Ukraine has shot down 35 out of 53 Russian missiles, as well as 46 out of 47 attack drones.

In several places, people have been injured in the attacks, including in Lviv in the far west of the country.

In Kharkiv in the northeast, which has recently been under heavy attack, twelve people were admitted to hospital after an attack hit close to where they had sought refuge. Eight of the injured are children, according to Kharkiv Governor Oleh Shinjehuvov.

According to Ukrenergo, it is the sixth time since March that Russia has carried out a “massive and complex” attack against the country’s civilian energy facilities.

Ukraine’s largest private energy company DTEK states that two of the company’s power plants have suffered extensive damage. It is also the sixth time that the company’s facilities have been hit by Russian attacks in two and a half months.

In the Russian-occupied part of Donetsk, the area’s Russian-appointed leader, Denis Pushilin, says that five civilians have been killed in Ukrainian grenade attacks and that three others have been wounded. The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that on Saturday morning it shot down two Ukrainian drones in the Belgorod region, which is close to the Ukrainian border. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

The power plants that were hit early Saturday morning are located in all parts of the country: Donetsk in the east, Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk in the southeast, Kirovohrad in the center of the country and Ivano-Frankivsk in the west.

Over the past three months, Russia has stepped up its attacks to destroy Ukraine’s power supplies. The attacks have, among other things, hit hydropower plants and heat energy plants. They have caused widespread power outages and pushed Ukraine into record power imports.

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