Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine



Local residents charge their phones powered via generator during a power outage after energy infrastructure was hit by Russian missile attacks in Kharkiv on Thursday. (Sofiia Gatilova/Reuters)

Engineers in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region continue to work on restoring the power system damaged by Thursday’s massive Russian attack, Oleh Synehubov, the head of the Kharkiv region military administration, said Saturday.

Power was restored Friday night to all private households in the city Kharkiv, and work is underway to fix the city’s electric public transportation system, according to Synehubov.

Synehubov said 15,000 customers in Vovchansk, Stary Saltiv, and Slatyne in the region of Kharkiv are still without electricity, but “power companies will restore the power supply there in the near future.”

On Friday, Synehubov said nearly half a million consumers were without power in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city. 

National energy company Ukrenergo said Saturday that the entire power system in the city of Kharkiv is still being restored. One of the thermal power plants in Kharkiv has been partially restored after emergency repairs, and one of the trunk power grid facilities of Ukrenergo is back online, the company said.

Ukrenergo did not disclose how many households remain without power, but it said the city’s critical infrastructure is fully powered. Work continues to restore the full power supply to the city and the region, the company said.

Russia has for months been trying to cripple Ukraine’s power network, but as we have previously reported, the efforts have failed.


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