Power partially restored in Sumy Oblast after Russian drone attack leaves much of the oblast in the dark

Restoration of Ukraine's power system
Restoration of Ukraine's power system

Energy workers have restored electricity in Sumy Oblast following a Russian drone attack on May 22 that left much of the oblast without energy, the Sumy Regional Military Administration (SRMA) reported on Telegram.

The Sumy, Romny, and Okhtyrka districts have power restored, while energy workers continue to work on restoring power to the Shostka and Konotop districts.

"We thank our energy workers for their prompt, professional, and coordinated work!" the SRMA said.

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Russian attack drones struck energy facilities in Shostka and Konotop, causing widespread power outages in those cities, the SRMA reported earlier.

The city of Sumy was also left without electricity due to the Russian attacks, Sumy Regional Military Administration head, Oleksii Drozdenko, said.

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Russian attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure

Russia launched renewed attacks on Ukraine's energy facilities, conducting its largest and most powerful strikes of the war in the spring of 2024.

Energy facilities across the country were targeted in multiple missile and drone attacks by Russian forces:

  • The Dnipro HPP lost both power plants. The dam survived, but the equipment was destroyed, the restoration of the Dnipro HPP may take years

  • In Kharkiv, the TEC-5 (combined heat and power plant) was destroyed, Its restoration is tantamount to building a new facility, which will also take several years

  • Kharkiv Oblast's Zmiyiv TPP (part of Centrenergo) was demolished

  • Rinat Akhmetov's DTEK Group announced that it had lost 80% of its generation

  • All power units of the Burshtyn and Ladyzhyn TPPs were damaged

  • A gas storage facility in western Ukraine suffered damage

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The recent Russian attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure have resulted in losses totaling at least 90-100 million euros. This figure only includes the cost to the company's high-voltage equipment, Ukrenergo head Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, said on March 24.

Ukraine should be ready for all potential scenarios in the upcoming spring and summer months due to Russia's extensive attacks on the Ukrainian energy network, Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said on April 12.

Germany will provide equipment from closed energy facilities to Ukraine, Halushchenko said on April 21.

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Russian forces targeted Ukraine's energy infrastructure again overnight on April 27.

Infrastructure facilities in the Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Lviv oblasts were attacked.

Russia struck power generation and transmission facilities in six Ukrainian oblasts on May 8, including Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia.

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