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Russia destroys 80% of Ukrainian thermal power plants in few weeks - Prime Minister

Russia destroys 80% of Ukrainian thermal power plants in few weeks - Prime Minister Photo: Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Over the past few weeks, Russia has put 6 gigawatts of Ukraine's energy capacity out of commission with missile strikes. 80% of thermal power plants have been destroyed, according to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

"Unfortunately, Russia continues its energy terror - in recent weeks alone, the Russians have destroyed more than 6 gigawatts of our power grid capacity. This includes hydropower and coal power," he says.

According to him, Russia continues to fire missiles at energy facilities, destroying transformers and generators.

"Unfortunately, in recent weeks, Russia has destroyed 80% of thermal power plants," Shmyhal says.

Strikes on energy infrastructure

In recent weeks, the Russian army has resumed attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure.

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Russians are now trying to cause as much destruction as possible to the country's energy sector with their combined air strikes on Ukrainian territory.

Russia is using new tactics to strike the Ukrainian energy sector. Moscow has begun to plan its attacks more carefully and inventively. The Russians have reduced the interval between strikes and are combining different weapons in a volley. First comes a swarm of Shaheds, followed by Kh-101s, S-300 missiles, and a significant number of ballistic and supersonic missiles - Iskanders-M, Kh-22s, and Kinzhals. In addition, the attacks are carried out at night, which, on the one hand, should make it more difficult for Ukrainian air defense units to fix air targets, and on the other hand, should sow psychological and physical exhaustion among the civilian population.