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Russians shell mine in Donetsk region, causing power outage

Russians shell mine in Donetsk region, causing power outage A mine in the Donetsk region is without power due to Russian shelling (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

In the Donetsk region, a mine and the satellite town were shelled again. The mine is de-energized, and people are being brought to the surface, according to the press service of the Ministry of Energy.

Also, as a result of shelling in the Chernihiv region, overhead lines of 10 kV power lines were damaged, and 20 settlements were cut off from electricity.

The Ministry of Energy reports that there is no shortage of electricity in Ukraine and it is not expected for the current day. The generation produced in Ukraine is sufficient to meet the needs of consumers. Commercial electricity imports are also planned. If necessary, internal reserve capacities will be used, the press service notes.

One unit and one building of the TPP have been put under short-term emergency repairs. "The situation is under control. No outage schedules are applied," the Ministry of Energy says.

Electricity consumption

According to the press service of Ukrenergo, on Christmas Day, December 25, the daily maximum consumption was in the morning. It was 6.3% lower than on the previous business day, Friday, December 22.

"This is an atypical situation for the beginning of the working week - usually consumption is higher on Monday than on Friday. The reasons are warming and a holiday, although not a day off," the statement says.

There are no exports today. Electricity is imported throughout the day from Slovakia, Poland, Romania, and Moldova. The total volume is 19,619 MWh, with a maximum capacity of up to 1,190 MW in some hours. Starting from December 1, the technical possibility of importing electricity from Europe to Ukraine and Moldova is 1,700 MW.

As a reminder, Ukraine provided emergency assistance to Poland's power system on Christmas Day. On the night of December 25, at the request of the Polish operator PSE, the assistance in the total amount of 3050 MWh was activated. The Polish power grid had a surplus of electricity on the night of the holiday and requested assistance from neighboring countries in its consumption. Ukraine thus received additional electricity.