Ukraine's Energy Infrastructure Under Fire After MASSIVE Russian Strike Obliterates Power Plant

By Tommy Wilson | Saturday, 13 April 2024 05:15 AM
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In a renewed Russian offensive targeting Ukraine's energy infrastructure, a large-scale missile and drone attack has devastated one of Ukraine's most substantial power plants, along with causing damage to several others, Ukrainian officials reported on Thursday.

The Trypilska power plant, a primary energy supplier for the regions of Kyiv, Cherkasy, and Zhytomyr, was subjected to multiple strikes, resulting in the destruction of its transformer, turbines, and generators. The plant was left in flames. Andrii Gota, chairman of the supervisory board of Centrenergo, the state company that operates the plant, recounted how the plant's workers managed to save their lives by seeking refuge in a shelter as the first drone approached.

Gota described the scene of the burning plant, enveloped in thick smoke and flames, as "terrifying." Even hours after the attack, rescue teams were still working to clear the debris.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking from Moscow, justified the attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities as a retaliation to Ukrainian strikes on Russian oil refineries.

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Despite the Trypilska plant providing electricity to three million customers, no power loss was reported due to the grid's ability to compensate during this period of low demand. However, the repercussions of these strikes could be felt in the upcoming months as the summer season increases the demand for air conditioning.

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Overnight, at least ten other strikes damaged the energy infrastructure in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba reported that over 200,000 people in the repeatedly targeted region were left without power.

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DTEK, Ukraine's largest private energy operator, characterized the series of strikes as one of the most potent attacks this year. Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko described it as a "large scale, enormous, missile attack that affected our energy sector very badly."

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The recent resurgence of strikes on Ukrainian energy facilities has led to widespread blackouts across the country, reminiscent of the early days of the full-scale invasion in 2022.

The intensity and precision of these attacks have alarmed Ukraine's defenders and left officials scrambling to devise better strategies to safeguard energy assets. The strikes have also challenged Ukraine's capacity for swift repairs.

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Ukrainian leaders have been appealing for additional air defense systems to fend off such attacks, but the delivery of these supplies has been sluggish. Gota lamented, "Today’s situation demonstrates that there’s nothing left to shoot down" the missiles.

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