Kyiv, Ukraine ( Associated Press) – Ukraine’s power grid operator warned of power cuts for several hours Friday as Russia continues to target the country’s power infrastructure with new artillery and missile strikes, which has left 40% of the population without supply. has been abandoned. winter.
According to the operator, Ukrainergo, the blackout could last for several hours as the drop in temperature put extra strain on the network.
“You always have to be prepared for the worst. We understand that the enemy wants to destroy our electrical system in general, which could lead to prolonged outages,” Ukrainenergo CEO Volodymyr Kudritsky told Ukrainian state television on Friday. Told. “We have to be prepared for potentially longer blackouts, but for now we are entering expected times and we will do everything possible to ensure that blackouts do not last too long.”
Kudrytskyi said supplies to vital facilities such as hospitals and schools had stagnated.
In the Kharkiv region, in the country’s northeast, there were night attacks with projectiles and missiles against “vital infrastructure”, causing damage to energy equipment, according to governor Oleh Sinihubov. It added that eight people, including employees of the energy company and police officers, were injured while trying to clear the debris.
Moscow’s attacks on Ukraine’s energy and power facilities in recent weeks have left millions without heat or power, raising fears of what winter will bring. Power infrastructure came under attack again on Thursday, two days after a nationwide attack with more than 100 missiles and drones left 10 million without power.