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Russian drone attack on Dnipro aftermath: Infrastructure severely damaged, schools closed

Russian drone attack on Dnipro aftermath: Infrastructure severely damaged, schools closed Aftermath of the Russian drone attack on Dnipro on February 13 (illustration/Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

On the night of February 13, Russian troops launched another attack on Ukraine with kamikaze drones, with the main impact on Dnipro and the region. Although Ukrainian Air Defense Forces managed to shoot down 10 enemy UAVs over the area, there was significant damage to a thermal power plant, schools had to be closed and a hospital was evacuated.

Sources used: Telegram of Serhii Lysak, head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, Telegram of Dnipro Mayor Borys Filatov, DTEK, Telegram of the Ukrainian Air Force.

Russian attack

It became known that the Russian occupiers were attacking Dnipro around midnight on February 13.

"I hate them. They are hitting civilian infrastructure," writes the mayor of the city, Borys Filatov.

Russian shelling consequences: fires, damage to thermal power plants and infrastructure

On the morning of February 13, it became known that the Russians had hit a power plant and an infrastructure facility with drones. Fires broke out in both places.

"An energy facility was hit. A fire broke out and was extinguished by rescuers. The aggressor also hit an infrastructure facility. It also caught fire. The fire was promptly extinguished," says Serhii Lysak, head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration.

Later it turned out that one of DTEK's thermal power plants stopped generating electricity as a result of the enemy shelling.

"On the night of February 12-13, one of DTEK's thermal power plants was damaged by shelling. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties. The attack severely damaged the plant's equipment. The plant has stopped producing electricity," DTEK says.

Infrastructure is severely damaged: schools are closed, and a hospital is evacuated

In turn, Filatov did not hide the fact that the power system in the city was severely damaged after the Russian attack. The same goes for the infrastructure.

"I'm writing this post when the city's power system and the entire infrastructure are severely damaged," he writes.

Due to the emergency situation in the city after the shelling, local authorities decided to close schools and evacuate the hospital.

"Because of the night shelling, we are evacuating one of the hospitals, draining the heating system, and taking out a large number of palliative care patients. We are also closing schools," says the mayor of Dnipro.

Filatov states that the problem is that according to forecasts, a cold snap is expected soon, and it will not be possible to maintain the system.

In the comments to his Facebook post, Filatov notes that the closure of schools concerns only one residential area of Dnipro, namely Prydniprovskyi.

He also adds that if necessary, people can get warm and recharge their gadgets at the Points of unbreakability.

Power is back on in Dnipro

At about 10:00 a.m., power was restored in Dnipro.

"No matter how difficult it is, we will survive! Power engineers have been working since the night before. Now everyone in Dnipro has electricity. However, a reminder is in order. In case of power outages, we have set up Points of unbreakability in the Dnipro region. There are more than 100 of them in the regional center alone," says Lysak.

Ukrainian air defense work

Despite the significant consequences, last night Ukrainian air defense was quite effective over the Dnipro district.

"Our defenders destroyed 10 Shaheds in Dniprovskyi district," notes Lysak.

According to the Ukrainian military, on the night of February 13, the invaders attacked the territory of Ukraine with 23 Shahed drones, launching them from the areas of Primorsko-Akhtarsk (Russia) and Cape Chauda (occupied Crimea). The Ukrainian air defense system shot down 16 of the 23 enemy drones.

"As a result of combat operations, 16 enemy attack UAVs were destroyed within Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions," the Ukrainian Air Force says.