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Ukraine reports serious attacks on energy facilities

Ukraine's energy infrastructure has once again become the target of serious attacks.

The Ukrainian authorities said Russia had targeted drones and missiles at power generation facilities. There were air alerts throughout the country.

According to Ukrainian authorities, Russia again massively attacked Ukraine’s energy infrastructure with drones and missiles on Friday night.

According to the Interior Ministry in Kiev, ten regions across the country came under attack, with electricity generation facilities in particular being the targets of the attacks. At least six people were injured and there was a power outage in some parts of the country.

“During the night, Russia continued its barbaric attacks on the Ukrainian energy system,” said Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. Ukraine needs more air defense systems to secure critical infrastructure and protect the population, he demanded.

Three thermal power plants damaged

The Ukrainian Air Force said in the morning that Russia had fired 99 drones and missiles into Ukraine during the night, 84 of which were destroyed. The Ukrainian energy supplier DTEK reported that three thermal power plants were badly damaged by the nighttime shelling.

According to the Energy Ministry, utilities in four regions of the country were damaged. In addition to power outages, train services were also disrupted. There had been air alerts throughout the country during the night.

Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko confirmed attacks on power grids and power plants in the Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava and Cherkassy regions. There was significant damage to the facilities, but repairs began immediately.

Poland secures its own airspace

The Polish army said it had launched military aircraft to monitor Polish airspace in view of Russian shelling in the neighboring country. A Russian missile entered Poland’s airspace on Sunday.

Last Friday, the Russian army massively attacked the power grid and power plants in Ukraine. According to the electricity network operator Ukrenerho, scheduled power cuts are currently necessary in the Kharkiv region. The power supply is also at risk in the Odessa and Khmelnytskyi regions. Ukraine currently imports electricity from five western neighboring countries.

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