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Ukrainian PM says Russian shelling cut 3,900 settlements from power

By now, 3,800 of them have been reconnected to the grid.

Ukrainian PM says Russian shelling cut 3,900 settlements from power
Photo: Ukrainian prime minister's press service

Russia has continued a massive attack on Ukraine's energy infrastructure for the second day in a row. Yesterday, 3,900 settlements lost power supply due to rocket attacks, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Telegram.

By now, he added, engineers and rescuers have managed to restore power supply in most regions. The power has been restored in 3,800 settlements. Supply has been stabilised in the western regions, as well as in most of Kharkiv and Kharkiv Region in the east. Restoration works are underway to ensure power supply to the central regions and Kyiv. They are expected to be completed within a few days.

"But Russia does not stop in its attempts to destroy our energy infrastructure. According to the State Emergency Service, 33 attacks have already been recorded this day. The enemy continues to spend dozens of missiles worth hundreds of millions of dollars to keep Ukrainians in the dark for a day or two. But we are united and we will stand. Yesterday, Ukrainians across the country, responding to the call, voluntarily reduced electricity consumption by an average of 10%. We thank everyone who contributed to our energy stability," the prime minister said.

Shmyhal urged Ukrainians to limit electricity consumption during peak hours - from 17:00 to 23:00.

"Please do not turn on energy-consuming appliances: electric stoves, electric kettles, power tools, heaters and air conditioners, ovens and irons, microwaves, coffee makers, washing machines and dishwashers. This is very important for the stable operation of our power system," he added.

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