Ukraine says Russian drone, missile attacks damage power facilities

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Russian missile and drone attacks hit thermal and hydro power plants in central and western Ukraine, power grid operator Ukrenergo said on Friday, the latest assault on the already damaged power infrastructure.

“During the night, the Russians struck again at energy facilities in a massive and combined attack,” Ukrenergo said on the Telegram messaging app.

“Thermal and hydroelectric power plants in the central and western regions were damaged,” it said.

Regional officials said Russian forces had  attacked infrastructure in the Kamianske district near the city of Dnipro. At least one person was wounded, they added.

Ukrainian energy minister German Galushchenko also said power facilities in Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava and Cherkasy regions were attacked this morning.

“Electricity generation facilities were targeted by drones and missiles,” Gelushchenko said on Facebook.

Ukrainian television reported that explosions were heard in Ivano-Frankivsk and Khmelnytskyi regions and the city of Dnipro as Russian cruise missiles were spotted in Ukrainian air space.

The largest private power firm DTEK said its three thermal power plants were attacked.

“The equipment was severely damaged. After the attack ended, the power engineers promptly started to repair the damage,” the company said on the Telegram messaging app.

Ukrainian power distributor Yasno said this week DTEK lost about 50% of its capacity after being hit by Russian missile and drone attacks.

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