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Ukraine Facing Severe Power Shortages After Russian Strikes on Energy Facilities

On May 8, energy facilities across several Ukrainian regions were targeted by Russia is a series of missile attacks.

Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, head of Ukraine’s national energy grid operator Ukrenergo, stated that even with energy imports from Europe, they wouldn’t be able to fully meet the country’s electricity needs.

Missiles and drones struck critical infrastructure in Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia oblasts. These attacks specifically damaged three thermal power plants, according to DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private energy company.

The extent of the damage remains unclear, but DTEK confirmed significant equipment destruction.

As a result of the deficit, Ukrenergo announced limitations on energy supply for industrial and commercial users. Between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., these sectors will experience restricted electricity access to cope with the shortfall caused by the Russian attacks.

This is the fifth attack on Ukraine’s power stations in the past seven weeks.

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