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Russians fired more than 1,000 times at Ukrainian power grid – Interfax

Russian forces have fired more than 1,000 rockets and missiles at Ukraine’s power grid, which is still working despite taking major damage, Interfax Ukraine news agency cited a senior official as saying on Wednesday.

December 8, 2022
8 December 2022

Dec 7 (Reuters) – Russian forces have fired more than
1,000 rockets and missiles at Ukraine’s power grid, which is
still working despite taking major damage, Interfax Ukraine news
agency cited a senior official as saying on Wednesday.

Volodymyr Kudrytsky, chief executive of the Ukrenergo grid
operator, also told a meeting arranged by the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) that his officials were
scouring the world for the complex equipment needed for repairs.

Eight recent waves of Russian air strikes on critical
infrastructure have seriously damaged the grid and led to
emergency and planned outages across the country.

“These attacks represent the biggest blow to a power grid
that humanity has ever seen. More than 1,000 shells and rockets
were fired at electrical facilities and lines, including
substations,” Interfax Ukraine cited Kudrytsky as saying.

Ukraine now has a serious shortage of generating capacity,
even though consumption is down between 25% and 30% compared to
the pre-war period.

“The system is still working, it is integrated, not broken
or disconnected,” Kudrytsky said.

Ukrenergo said last week it had secured 300 million
euros($315 million) in EBRD loans to restore power
infrastructure damaged in the attacks and improve financial
stability.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren
Editing by Alistair Bell)

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