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Russia intended to cause total blackout in Ukraine with yesterday's strike

Russia intended to cause total blackout in Ukraine with yesterday's strike Minister of Energy of Ukraine Herman Halushchenko (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

The Russian invaders planned to cause a complete blackout with their massive attack on Ukraine on the morning of March 22, using missiles and kamikaze drones, states Minister of Energy of Ukraine Herman Halushchenko.

According to the official, Friday's attack was "the largest in the history of attacks on the energy sector."

"The enemy used more than 150 different weapons simultaneously. This is a significant test for the power system. The purpose of this attack was to achieve a large-scale blackout in the country," said the Energy Minister.

Regarding the consequences and the situation as of today, Halushchenko said that yesterday's massive enemy attack affected consumers in 12 regions of Ukraine.

The minister added that Kharkiv, Odesa, and Khmelnytsky regions were the most affected.

In addition, the situation is difficult at the Dnipro hydroelectric power plant, where the consequences of missile strikes are being eliminated. The time required for restoration work will be assessed at the plant.

The Energy Minister noted that restoration work is ongoing, and critical infrastructure has been powered in all regions.

Russia's massive shelling of Ukraine on March 22

On the morning of March 22, Russian troops launched a massive combined attack on Ukraine, using about 150 missiles and drones. In particular, the enemy hit Zaporizhzhia with missiles about 20 times.

Anti-aircraft missile units and mobile firing groups of the Ukrainian Defense Forces were involved in repelling the attack. In total, 92 air targets were destroyed, namely: 55 Shaheds; 35 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles; 2 Kh-59 guided missiles.

The Dnipro hydroelectric power plant also came under attack, in particular, one of the missiles hit a trolley bus moving across the dam. In total, the invaders fired 8 missiles at the station, two of which were direct attacks.

Read more about the damage and the importance of the Dnipro HPP in RBC-Ukraine's article.