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Officials report emergency power cuts in eight Ukrainian oblasts after devastating Russian attack

Kharkiv is completely without electricity
Kharkiv is completely without electricity

Power cuts and blackouts have been implemented in eight of Ukraine’s oblasts following a mass Russian missile attack that primarily targeting energy infrastructure on March 22.

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The city of Kharkiv has been especially hard hit, according to city mayor Ihor Terekhov.

“There is no electricity throughout Kharkiv after the missile strikes,” Terekhov said on national television.

"Notifications about air alerts will be sent to cell phones via an audio message. Emergency services and National Police will use loudspeakers and radios while patrolling the city,” he said.

Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, Odesa, Sumy, Poltava, Kharkiv, and Kirovohrad oblasts has alll begun rationing power to stabilize the situation, according to the Energy Ministry.

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"These are temporary measures to assess the impact of the attacks for further restoration,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“In the most affected regions, work is underway to provide temporary power and backup power to critical infrastructure facilities.”

The attack consisted of over 150 drones and missiles, including ballistic and cruise missiles. Air defense forces intercepted 92 of those targets.

Several Ukrainian regions experienced significant disruptions in internet connectivity following the enemy attack, Internet observatory service NetBlocks reported on X.

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Russians launched 12 missile attacks on Zaporizhzhya. Early reports say that at least seven buildings were destroyed, and a further 35 were damaged.

Russian forces targeted Ukraine's largest hydroelectric power station — the Dniprovska HPP in Zaporizhzhya — hitting a trolleybus, Mariupol mayoral adviser Petro Andriushchenko reported earlier. The strike blocked traffic on the dam entirely, according to police reports.

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