A Russian night drone attack had no severe consequences for the Ukrainian energy system
The massive night attack by Russian forces in the Kyiv region using UAVs did not cause any damage to the local energy infrastructure. However, due to Russian shellings of the frontline Ukrainian territories, there is damage to the infrastructure of oblenergos (regional power companies – ed.), particularly in the Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Sumy, and Chernihiv regions.
On May 8, Russian troops attacked the Kyiv region with 35 Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 drones. Ukrainian defenders shot down all of them, but the fallen debris caused destruction and casualties among civilians. In Kyiv, one residential building was hit, while surrounding buildings were damaged. The attack injured 5 people, and damaged 28 cars, reported the Kyiv City Military Administration.
This night Russian terrorists also launched Kh-22 missiles on the Odesa region and targeted a huge warehouse for humanitarian aid, which completely burnt down. According to the Odesa District State Administration, three employees received minor injuries, and a security guard was killed.
In both cases, the local energy infrastructure wasn’t damaged. At the same time, due to Russian shellings, approximately 1,000 consumers in the Sumy region and about 1,200 consumers in the Chernihiv region remain without electricity. In the Kherson region, Russian forces hit a local power-generating facility. Currently, Ukrainian energy workers have been trying to restore the energy supply.
“Energy workers in the Dnipropetrovsk region have completed the restoration of power supply for 4,500 consumers who were left without electricity due to recent Russian shellings. And specialists from “Kharkivoblenergo” have fully restored energy supply to the village of Hrakove, which was without electricity for over a year due to occupation that lasted until mid-September 2022, as well as due to military actions in this region,” added National Power Company (NPC) “Ukrenergo”.
According to the energy company, electricity production currently fully covers consumption for Ukrainian consumers. The second wave of flooding is declining, but hydroelectric power plants continue to operate actively. In addition, solar and wind power stations have seasonally increased electricity production. Electricity export to Moldova continues day and night, and export to Poland has resumed today.