Russia struck a huge blow to Ukraine's energy system in latest attack, Ukrainians urged to save energy

Aftermath of the strike on Zaporizhzhya on May 8
Aftermath of the strike on Zaporizhzhya on May 8

Gas infrastructure in Western Ukraine was damaged as Ukraine's energy system took another strong blow in Russia's massive missile attack on May 8, Ukraine's Energy Ministry reported.

There is "significant damage to the power system" after Russia targeted electricity generation and transmission facilities in Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhya, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia oblasts, Ukraine's Energy Ministry said.

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"Damages are still being clarified. There is also damage to the gas infrastructure in Western Ukraine. There are no victims or injured," Ukraine's State Emergency Service said.

"Energy experts, together with the State Emergency Service, are working to eliminate the consequences," the Energy Ministry added.

The Energy Ministry urged Ukrainian consumers to "reduce the use of energy-intensive appliances during peak hours (especially from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.)," due to the serious consequences of the attack.

Energy Ministry experts appealed to Ukrainian industry to "review production processes to reduce the load on the power system, as well as to attract imports as much as possible to ensure the avoidance of blackouts and increase the stability of the power system."

At the same time, the ministry does not expect any additional immediate restrictions as of the morning of May 8, outside of the previously announced restrictions to 200,000 subscribers in Kharkiv Oblast.

Russia's mass missile attack on Ukraine on May 8

Russia launched a massive missile and drone attack on Ukraine's energy sector overnight on May 8,

Russia used 55 cruise and ballistic missiles, and 21 Shahed attack drones in the attack, with Ukraine neutralizing 39 missiles and all but one of the drones.

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Russia attacked power generation and transmission facilities in six Ukrainian oblasts, including Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhya, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko reported.

Initial reports suggest the following:

  • Russia attacked Kyiv with cruise missiles from different directions, all targets were destroyed

  • Two people were injured in Brovary, Kyiv Oblast, where a fire broke out at a civil infrastructure object

  • An energy infrastructure facility in Poltava Oblast caught fire

  • A critical infrastructure facility in Vinnytsia Oblast was also hit, authorities reported

  • An 8-year-old child was damaged in Kirovohrad Oblast

  • A critical infrastructure facility in Kirovohrad Oblast was damaged and homes were destroyed

  • Russia hit two energy infrastructure facilities in Lviv Oblast, with fires reported at an energy generation facility in Chervonohrad district, and a critical energy infrastructure facility in Stryi district

  • A fire broke out and has since been contained at an energy infrastructure object in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast as a result of an impact on an energy infrastructure object

  • Three DTEK thermal power plants were seriously damaged in the attack

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