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Russia attacked Ukrainian energy infrastructure: three DTEK thermal power plants were severely damaged

On May 8, Russian troops massively attacked electricity generation and transmission facilities in the Kyiv, Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia regions, causing damage to critical infrastructure objects.

 

Photo: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine

In particular, during the night attack, Russia targeted three DTEK thermal power plants (TPP), the largest private investor in the Ukrainian energy industry. As a result, the equipment at the stations was severely damaged. Energy workers are currently working on restoring the infrastructure.

As the press service of DTEK reported, this was the fifth massive shelling of the company’s energy facilities in the last month and a half. Before the enemy attacked the DTEK infrastructure on March 22 and 29, April 11 and 27. 

Overall, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Russia has fired the DTEK thermal power plants about 180 times. During this period, 51 energy workers were injured, and three more were killed.

Today’s massive Russian night drone and missile attack also resulted in civilian casualties. Due to the fallen debris in the Kyiv region, a man and a woman with numerous limb injuries and shrapnel wounds were hospitalized. In addition, one private house and an outbuilding were destroyed, as well as another 14 private houses and one car were damaged in the region.

Furthermore, an 8-year-old child was injured due to enemy shelling in the Kirovohrad region. According to preliminary information, 13 private houses and almost three dozen garages were destroyed, while a critical infrastructure facility was damaged.

In total, at night on May 8, Ukrainian defenders shot down 33 out of 45 cruise missiles Kh-101/Kh-555, 4 out of 4 cruise missiles Kalibr, 2 out of 2 guided air missiles Kh-59/Kh-69, and 20 out of 21 Shahed-136/131 drones used by Russian troops to attack different regions of Ukraine. According to Mykola Oleshchuk, Commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russian forces also launched one aeroballistic missile Kh-47M2 Kyndzhal, two ballistic missiles Iskander-M, and one cruise missile Iskander-K.