Ukraine to restrict power supplies on Thursday as Russia hits power plants

After a Russian strike knocked out power generation plants in the country, Ukraine decided to limit electricity supplies across the country on Thursday. Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with senior energy officials to discuss the security of the power generation system and also the possibility of breakdown of the energy system.

Zelenskyy announced that 30% of Ukraine’s power plants were affected by Russian attacks, causing an energy crisis in the country.

“Tomorrow, October 20, measures to limit electricity supply will be applied throughout the territory of Ukraine. Today the enemy destroys power generation facilities again,” said Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Zelenskiy office, said on Telegram.

“Beginning 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., it is necessary to reduce electricity usage … if this is not done you should be prepared for a temporary blackout,” he wrote, adding that Street lighting in cities will be limited. “These are coercive measures.”

Ukrainian grid operator Ukrenergo cited the lack of capacity of energy systems and said that planned power cuts would be limited to Thursday.

“We do not rule out that when the cold weather starts, we will ask for your help more often,” Ukrenergo said in a Telegram post.

Recent air raids by Russia about Ukraine’s thermal power plants comes as a new escalation in Russia’s war efforts, as it targets critical Ukrainian infrastructure before winter.

Strikes have damaged the Burshtyn coal-fired plant in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, which powers about 5 million people in three regions of Ukraine.

“No one was injured in the attack on an area hundreds of kilometers from the front line that until the past 10 days was relatively peaceful after eight months of war. Svitlana Onyshchuk, governor of Ivano-Frankivsk state, said that the same factory was hit by four missiles on October 10.

Ukraine’s air defenses shot down several incoming missiles over the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. The Ukrainian Air Force said: “Air defense forces downed four cruise missiles launched by Russian warplanes as well as 10 Shahed-136 “kamikaze” drones.

On Wednesday, Indian Embassy in Ukraine also issued a statement asking Indian nationals to restrict travel to Ukraine. The warning was issued in response to Russia’s growing hostility towards the Eastern European country.

“Given the deteriorating security situation and the recent escalation of hostilities across Ukraine, Indian citizens are advised not to travel to Ukraine. Indian citizens, including students, in Ukraine are advised to leave Ukraine at the earliest,” the notice read.

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