Nuclear plants reconnected to power grid after Russian strikes: Ukraine

Nuclear plants reconnected to power grid after Russian strikes: Ukraine

Ukraine’s energy minister said the plants would start supplying electricity “tonight”.


Ukraine’s energy ministry said on Thursday all three nuclear power plants still under Ukraine’s control had reconnected to the power grid, after Russian strikes a day earlier forced automatic shutdowns. connection.

“After yesterday’s massive shelling, the energy workers were able to unify the power system and reconnect the three nuclear power plants to the grid in the morning,” the ministry said on social media. festival.

Factories will start supplying electricity “tonight”, it added.

The Russian attacks have put pressure on the Ukrainian power grid, disrupting electricity supplies in the southern and eastern regions, and cutting electricity and water in the capital Kiev.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said energy suppliers in Kyiv were having a hard time restoring power on Thursday with much of the capital still offline.

“70% of the capital is still without electricity,” says Klitschko. “Energy companies are doing their best to give back as soon as possible,” he added.

He said water supplies had been restored on Kyiv’s left bank but only after engineers “worked through the night”.

Klitschko said the city hopes to bring back water supplies on the right bank in the first half of the day.

Ukraine said Russian forces fired 70 cruise missiles at targets across the country on Wednesday, exacerbating an energy crisis after months of targeted attacks.

The governor of the eastern Kharkiv region, home to the country’s second-largest city, on Thursday said the city of the same name was experiencing “power supply problems” and had announced an “emergency power cut”.

The head of the central Poltava region, Dmytro Lunin, said authorities were “working around the clock to restore power”.

“In the coming hours, we will start powering critical infrastructure and then the majority of homes,” Lunin said.

About 50% of consumers in the central Dnipropetrovsk region have electricity, said the head of the Regional Military Administration, Valentyn Reznichenko.

“The energy supply situation is very complicated. Therefore, outages will continue in the region to reduce pressure on the grid as much as possible,” warned Reznichenko.

Officials said repair work was underway in other places, including the regions of Rivne, Cherkasy, Kirovograd and Zhytomyr.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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