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Morning attack on Ukraine's energy sector largest since war started - Ukrenergo

Morning attack on Ukraine's energy sector largest since war started - Ukrenergo Head of Ukrenergo Volodymyr Kudrytskyi (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

The morning Russian attack on Ukraine's energy sector was the largest since the beginning of the full-scale war. There is damage to energy facilities in many regions, according to the head of state energy company Ukrenergo Volodymyr Kudrytskyi.

"It was probably the largest attack on Ukraine's energy system in history. It is characterized by using combined means of attack, not only cruise missiles but also Shaheds and ballistic missiles," Kudrytskyi said.

According to him, thermal and hydroelectric power stations were hit, as well as major substations. The enemy targeted various facilities of the energy system - generation, high-voltage substations, and distribution system operator substations.

As a result of the massive attack, there is damage to energy facilities in various regions of Ukraine. Kudrytskyi adds that Kharkiv suffered the most, with the scale of damage being the largest there.

"Unfortunately, there are limitations on energy supply in various regions of Ukraine, mainly on the left bank of the Dnipro River. I emphasize that these are controlled limitations so that the system operates cohesively. The most questions arise on the status of DniproHES damage. Currently, there are no risks of a dam breach, the status of damage is being clarified and will be definitively understood within a few hours," Kudrytskyi said.

Massive attack

On the night of March 22, invaders attacked Ukraine massively, launching over 150 drones and missiles. Air defense forces shot down 55 Shaheds and 37 missiles.

The energy sector was under attack by the enemy. In particular, the Russians struck DniproHES, and there is a threat of a complete blackout at Zaporizhzhia NPP. The situation is dire in Kharkiv, the city is without electricity, facing internet, and water problems, and electric transport is not working.

Power outages have occurred in the Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Sumy, Odesa, and Khmelnytskyi regions. Critical infrastructure objects were also attacked in the Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnytsia, and Mykolaiv regions.

There are reports of casualties in Khmelnytskyi and injuries in various regions.

For more details about the consequences of the massive attack, see the coverage by RBC-Ukraine.