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Kremlin forces have fired more than 1,000 shells and rockets at electrical facilities, power lines and substations, Ukraine officials said.
Volodymyr Kudrytsky, chief executive of the Ukrenergo grid operator, said: “These attacks represent the biggest blow to a power grid that humanity has ever seen.”
The national grid operator said significant damage has been done to the power system and large swathes of the country have been plunged into darkness during the assault on the energy infrastructure.
Mr Kudrytsky said officials are now scouring the world for complex equipment required for repairs.
Fresh power cuts were announced in all regions “due to the consequences of shelling”, electricity provider Ukrenergo said.
Russian president Vladimir Putin yesterday vowed to continue targeting Ukraine’s energy sites. He said that growing global criticism would not stop the strikes.
He said: “There’s a lot of noise about our strikes on the energy infrastructure. Yes, we do that. But who started it?”
Putin said the strikes were in response to a blast on the Russian bridge which connected annexed Crimea.
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