Most Parts of Ukraine Back on Power Grid

Most Parts of Ukraine Back on Power Grid

Ukrainians have repaired much of the power grid destroyed by Russia. Progress has also been made in the supply of water and heat.

Large parts of Ukraine’s electricity and water supply have been restored four days after heavy Russian attacks. About 80 per cent of the electricity demand is currently covered, said the state energy supplier Ukrenergo. The day before, it had been 75 per cent.

In the capital Kyiv, almost all households are again supplied with electricity, water and heat, and the mobile phone network is working, the military administration said on the Telegram news channel. The repair work on the power grid is in the final phase. Due to the high load, local failures could still occur.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyj had previously criticised Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko with unusual openness because of the power outages in Kyiv. Many citizens of the capital had to do without electricity for up to 30 hours, said Zelenskyj. In addition, there are too few warming rooms in the three-million-inhabitant metropolis.

Klitschko then warned against political disputes and called for solidarity. The former boxing world champion assured in the German “Bild am Sonntag” that work was being done on restoring the power supply at “record speed”. The city now has water, and the heating is working again in 95 per cent of households. “We continue to work 24/7 for the people,” said Klitschko.

The situation is more critical in the Kherson region, which was recaptured from Ukraine. The military administration announced that five per cent of the apartments there were reconnected to the power grid. A hospital has electricity again. However, while squads repaired the infrastructure, the Russian army continued to attack. The area had been shelled more than fifty times.

Military governor Yaroslav Yanushevich accused Russia of terror and targeted attacks on civilians.

Image by Wikimedia/Attribution 3.0 (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

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