Ukraine: Millions affected by blackouts as Kiev goes dark after Russian strikes on energy infrastructure

The city of Kiev was plunged into darkness on Thursday, due to reported power outages after the energy infrastructure was allegedly hit and damaged during the Russian military offensive.

The near three million residents of the Ukrainian capital are preparing for a difficult winter considering the power outages, as the average temperature in the city is below zero in winter.

Ukrenergo, the only operator of Ukraine’s high-voltage transmission lines, announced scheduled blackouts throughout the country, but added later that there will be also emergency outages which could last an indefinite amount of time.

Ukraine experienced persistent blackouts after Moscow launched a series of strikes on October 10 on its energy facilities, including power stations, after blaming Kiev for targeting Russian infrastructures, including the Crimean Bridge.

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