Repairs underway in every oblast hit by Russia’s mass missile strike on power grid

Consequences of the Russian attack on the Kharkiv Oblast, March 22, 2024
Consequences of the Russian attack on the Kharkiv Oblast, March 22, 2024

Repairs are underway in every oblast affected by Russia’s March 22 mass strike against Ukrainian energy infrastructure, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Telegram on March 23.

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The President reported that the Interior Ministry, the Energy Ministry, and local authorities had all provided updates on their efforts to the president’s office. According to their information, Kharkiv is still facing the most difficult situation, as the city continues to endure a complete blackout following numerous Russian strikes on their power facilities.

In Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, electricity has been restored throughout the region, except for part of Nikopol, and work is ongoing.

In Sumy, Poltava, Odesa, Vinnytsia, Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Mykolaiv, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts, the technical ability to supply electricity has been restored almost everywhere. Some municipalities have introduced rolling blackouts to ensure that the grid remains stable.

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Zelenskyy then relayed information from the front lines, saying that "the situation at the front is stable".

On the morning of March 23, the head of the Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration, Oleh Synehubov, said that up to 275,000 subscribers in Kharkiv and the region are still disconnected from the power grid.

Russia’s March 22 mass attack

Russia conducted a mass attack against Ukraine with Shahed drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles on March 22.

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151 aerial targets in total were detected during the attack, of which air defense forces were able to down 92: 55 Shahed-136/131 UAVs and 37 missiles. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that 20 substations and power plants, including the Dnipro Hydroelectric Power Plant (DHPP), had been damaged. It was the most massive attack by Russia in the fall and winter, and one of the largest attacks on Ukraine’s power grid for the duration of the war.

Russians launched 12 missile strikes on Zaporizhzhya. Over 40 households were damaged and destroyed. Three people were killed and 25 injured.

Traffic on the DHPP dam was temporarily suspended. The Prosecutor General's Office reported that the Russian military had hit the Dnipro Hydroelectric Power Plant with eight missiles – enough to shut down operations, though Ukrhydroenergo, Ukraine’s hydropower operator, stated that were was no threat of a dam breach. Engineers have managed to restart some of the plant's equipment.

Critical infrastructure facilities were damaged in Kryvyi Rih, and blackout schedules were introduced in the city. Two people also died in Khmelnytskyi.

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