Ukraine’s grid operator has told consumers to prepare for more power-off in the capital Kyiv and six other regions as the country seeks to reduce strain on energy infrastructure damaged by Russian drone and missile attacks.
Power outages have become increasingly common in the capital of three million people after the wave Russian attacks about power facilities that have damaged 40% of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure since October 10.
“The country’s electricity grid has not yet been able to resume operation after Russia’s terrorist attack,” grid operator Ukrenergo said on Monday. “In some areas, we had to cut power to avoid overloading the high-voltage infrastructure.”
The scheduled shutdown from 6 a.m. local time to the end of the day will affect Kyiv and the regions of Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Kharkiv and Poltava, it said in a statement.
Chairperson Volodomyr Zelenskyy said in its nightly video address to the nation that more than 4.5 million consumers were without electricity.