Kharkiv to end heating season ahead of schedule due to electricity shortage after Russian missile strike

Power lines near Kharkiv damaged by a Russian missile strike, March 22, 2024
Power lines near Kharkiv damaged by a Russian missile strike, March 22, 2024

The city authorities of Kharkiv have decided to end the heating season ahead of schedule due to a shortage of electricity, Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported on Telegram on March 25.

Terekhov stated that the Russians have "pretty much destroyed" all of the main energy facilities that powered the city. Housing and communal services workers, along with power engineers, are continuing efforts to eliminate the consequences of the attack and restore power and heat supply services to residential buildings.

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"Although they have partially succeeded in doing so, the electricity shortage is still significant,” said Terekhov.

"That is why the only possible measure to reduce the load on the power system is to end the heating season early."

The mayor explained that ending the heating season early will allow for the provision of electricity to the maximum number of consumers and the supply of hot water to Kharkiv residents' homes. Heat supply will be cut off on March 26, with Terekhov noting that the current outside temperature is favorable for this action.

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The situation regarding electricity supply in Kharkiv worsened after the shelling on March 22. Following the largest Russian missile strike on the power system, Kharkiv was almost completely left without electricity, causing problems with water and heat supply.

On March 23, Terekhov stated that only 35% of city buildings had electricity, and 50% had heating.

Ukrenergo reported on March 24 that the power supply situation in Kharkiv could improve in about a week.

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Additionally, on March 25, the Kharkiv subway, which had been out of service since the massive Russian attack on the power grid, was reopened.

Oleh Synehubov, Kharkiv regional governor, mentioned that approximately 200,000 people in the city were cut off from electricity.

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