Russian assaults cause Ukraine’s electrical grid to sustain unprecedented damage, a utility claims

I frame is src=”https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1130742768/1130756722″ width=”100%” height=”290″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”>UKRAINE’S POWER GRID SUSTAINS RECORD DAMAGE IN RUSSIAN STRIKES, UTILITY SAYS Expand this image, title=’NPR embedded audio player’ Getty Images/Paula Bronstein

switch to caption Getty Images/Paula Bronstein Getty Images/Paula Bronstein UKRAINE: KYIV According to the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, over 1.4 million homes in the country are without electricity following a morning of repeated Russian airstrikes.

40 cruise missiles and 16 purportedly Iranian-made drones were said to have targeted Ukraine throughout the day, according to the Ukrainian General Staff.

The amount of the damage, according to Ukraine’s power company Ukrenergo, has broken all previous records, surpassing the attacks the nation saw earlier in October. The earlier bombings were the largest war escalation since Russia’s invasion.

The Ukrainian government has repeatedly urged people to limit how much electricity they use and has announced a plan of rolling blackouts in the event that the grid becomes overloaded. Ukrenergo issues a warning that where power lines are still in place, power outages could continue between 8 and 10 hours per day. Greater devastation may have left some areas without electricity for a very long time.

Ihor Polishchuk, the mayor of Lutsk in western Russia, claims that the damage caused by three Russian rockets “is not compatible with repair.” He pleaded for patience as technicians rebuilt the electrical system and increased water pressure.

The majority of air raid sirens, according to the police, lack the electricity needed to alert people to imminent raids. They urged people to keep their phones charged so they might receive emergency notifications and assured them that they would activate their car sirens in the event of an impending attack.

According to renowned Ukrainian energy expert Oleksandr Kharchenko, “When you don’t have power in a city, that means you have no water, you have no supply of gas, you have nothing.” It’s a really big problem,

Similar damage occurred in seven of Ukraine’s 25 regions, especially in the west, south, and center of the nation.

The deputy director of the municipal hospital in Rivne, Dr. Ihor Dundiuk, told a national television that although his facilities are using backup power, oxygen, and fresh water supplies, patients are still eating food prepared over wood burners on the sidewalk.

According to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, a presidential adviser for Ukraine, the air force of that country was able to deflect 18 Russian rockets that were aimed against Ukrainian infrastructure. Although experts worry Ukraine still lacks the air defense capabilities to protect smaller cities, military officials credit Germany’s four new IRIS-T air defense systems for preventing damage to larger cities. In reaction to the assaults on Saturday, Denys Shmyhal, the prime minister of Ukraine, requested more air defense rockets.

Kharchenko asserts that despite the fact that Ukraine has the ability to quickly and frequently repair the system, he believes the Russian Air Force is collaborating closely with energy professionals to minimize civilian harm. However, he points out that strikes are now more common at smaller relay stations and transformer facilities rather than power plants.

There aren’t many power producing facilities, therefore they are protected by defense, but there are hundreds of transformers, making it impossible to cover them all, according to Kharchenko. “It’s outright terrorism,”

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