Ukraine struggles to restore power amid blackouts that last hours and months
Across Ukraine, electrical engineers are waging their daily battle to restore power to homes and public buildings following Russian missile and drone attacks, but they face prolonged outages.
In Ukraine’s north, residents of Chirkuni in the Kharkiv region have received electricity for the first time since Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February. According to the local power board, 100 consumers in the city have had power restored.
“As a result of the battles, the damage to power grids and equipment is enormous,” the company said. “Transformer sub-stations, pylons and cables have been damaged. The task is complicated by heavy demining in the area. We have already replaced two transformers, which has allowed us to supply the first consumer. We need to replace 10 more transformers”.
Elsewhere recent damage is being addressed.
Oleksandr Starukh, head of the Zaporizhziya region’s military administration, told a conference that the situation in the region was difficult at the moment.
“Our electrical engineers were able to restore basic vital systems. People have heating radiators, water supply, sewage system works. Electricity is being supplied as planned,” Staruk said.
“The main issues have been resolved, apart from the destroyed infrastructure, which will take time to restore. Equipment has to be purchased and installed, which will take some time,” Staruk said.
The lack of nuclear power at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant has exacerbated power shortages as all six units are not operational. “They are partly cold and partly hot,” explained Staruk.
The plant has been occupied by the Russians since early March. Russian officials have repeatedly stated plans to connect the plant to the Russian grid via Crimea.
Earlier this Monday, state power company Ukrenergo said that “throughout the night, enemy UAVs have been trying to infiltrate power facilities across the country.”
He said that many facilities were affected by the most difficult conditions in the Central, Eastern and Dnipro regions.