Blackouts across Ukraine, Russian attacks affect half of thermal power generation | Reuters

The Ukrainian Air Force said on October 22 that more than 10 Russian missiles had hit various energy facilities, causing power outages in several areas. FILE PHOTO: Kyiv, May 17, 2022. REUTERS/Roman Petushkov

[キーウ 22日 ロイター] – The Ukrainian Air Force announced on the 22nd that more than 10 Russian missiles were fired at various energy facilities, causing power outages in several areas.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Russian military’s attacks were “extremely wide-ranging” in the western, central and southern parts of the country, and that he would seek cooperation from the West to further improve interception capabilities. He also said the Ukrainian military shot down 20 missiles and more than 10 Iranian Shahed drones on the same day.

Russia’s military has carried out repeated attacks on Ukraine’s power installations since March 10, affecting at least half of its thermal power capacity and up to 40% of its entire power system.

In the early hours of Monday morning, officials in several regions reported attacks on energy facilities and blackouts. Governors called on residents to stockpile water. In some parts of the capital Kyiv (Kyiv), power was out until evening, and in some central areas, retail stores were closed and traffic lights were out.

Kirilo Tymoshenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian president’s office, said more than one million people were affected by power outages after two air raid warnings in the morning.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have advanced southward in the southern Kherson region and said they had recaptured at least two villages abandoned by Russian forces.