Ukraine’s hydroelectric plants damaged in new Russian missile assault

Rescuers extinguish a fire at a facility damaged in massive overnight Russian attack on the Ukrainian energy sector on June 1
Rescuers extinguish a fire at a facility damaged in massive overnight Russian attack on the Ukrainian energy sector on June 1

In a devastating overnight attack, Russian forces targeted two of Ukraine's hydroelectric facilities with drones and missiles, causing significant damage to both the plants and surrounding infrastructure, Ukrhydroenergo confirmed on Telegram on June 1. 

Restoration efforts are currently in progress.

"Since the onset of the full-scale invasion, Russia has obliterated the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant and launched over 110 missiles targeting all our facilities," the hydro power operator stated.

Earlier on the same day, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko reported a massive offensive on the nation’s energy grid. "The damage is extensive and assessments are ongoing," he noted.

The assault affected energy facilities in at least five regions: Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kirovohrad, and Ivano-Frankivsk. "Energy workers are now tirelessly addressing the aftermath of these strikes," Halushchenko added.

Ukrainian air defenses were partially successful, intercepting 35 of the 53 Russian missiles and 46 of the 47 Shahed drones used in the attacks.

A recent report from NV Business highlighted the broader impact on Ukraine's energy sector, citing Olena Lapenko of the DiXi Group, who noted that the country’s thermal power generation capacity has plummeted by approximately 85% due to ongoing hostilities.

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