Crews rush to fix Ukraine’s energy system as hospitals suspend planned surgeries after Russian strikes

Denys Shmyhal attends a joint briefing in Kyiv on December 6. (Hennadii Minchenko/Ukrinform/Future Publishing/Getty Images)

Ukraine said it had reduced its “energy deficit” as engineers worked to restore infrastructure damaged by waves of Russian missile strikes.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that after Monday’s attacks, “electrical engineers promise to eliminate the consequences” in the coming days.

“At the same time, the energy deficit of the energy system will persist. Currently, it is 19% of the planned consumption,” he said. It has been above 30% in recent weeks.

Even so, Shmyhal said, “35% of key facilities in major power grids have been damaged by massive Russian attacks in recent months.”

“The enemy fired seven missiles at once at one of the substations in the Odessa region. Therefore, the power cut schedules are still in effect in the country,” he added. .

Odessa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov said water supply and sewage treatment were restored by Tuesday evening.

Eleven district and district boiler houses – used for heating – were in operation, serving about 88% of consumers. “That means more than 600,000 Odessa residents have heating,” Trukhanov said.

More strikes in the south: Russian missile and artillery attacks continued elsewhere in southern Ukraine.

Yaroslav Yanushevych, the head of the Kherson regional military administration, said on Tuesday that “Russian occupiers again shelled the city of Kherson, hitting ‘infrastructure and residential buildings.’

One person was killed and a large fire was put out, he said.

Further north, the Russians attacked the town of Kryvyi Rih.

Valentyn Reznichenko, head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, said an industrial enterprise was hit.

Kryvyi Rih district chief Oleksandr Vilkul said the strike appeared to have been carried out by a ballistic missile, calling them “very significant destruction”.

Vilkul said that after Monday’s missile attacks, the gradual restoration of electricity began. But hourly and scheduled outages would continue to “keep Ukraine’s electricity system intact”.


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