Ukraine suffers major power losses as Russia intensifies strikes

The Ukrainian Air Force reported intercepting 10 Russian drones overnight, highlighting the continuous nature of these aerial threats.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced that Ukraine has lost approximately 80% of its thermal power capacity and a third of its hydroelectric power due to Russian strikes. This significant damage to Ukraine’s energy infrastructure comes as Russia escalates its aerial assault, targeting critical facilities across the country.

The impact of these attacks was tragically demonstrated on Friday evening in Dnipro, where a Russian strike destroyed the top four floors of an apartment building. Regional head Serhii Lysak reported that at least one person was killed and 12 others were injured in the attack. This incident underscores the ongoing threat to civilian areas and the urgent need for improved air defence systems.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported intercepting 10 Russian drones overnight, highlighting the continuous nature of these aerial threats.

The Associated Press notes that Russia’s strategy appears to be aimed at draining Ukraine’s resources by targeting energy facilities and other vital infrastructure. This approach has put a significant strain on Ukraine’s power grid and civilian population, particularly as winter approaches.

However, Ukraine has not been passive in the face of these attacks. Kyiv has launched its aerial operations against Russian targets, often focusing on energy infrastructure within Russian territory. This tit-for-tat escalation raises concerns about the potential for further intensification of the conflict.

The international community continues to watch these developments closely, with many calling for increased support for Ukraine’s air defence capabilities. As the conflict enters another harsh winter, the state of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure remains a critical concern for both military strategy and civilian welfare.