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A long exposure photo shows a view of a street in Kiev during a power outage on Monday.
A long exposure photo shows a view of a street in Kiev during a power outage on Monday. (Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Across Ukraine, electrical engineers are engaged in their daily battle to restore electricity to homes and public buildings following Russian missile and drone attacks — but they are also dealing with outages that last much longer.

In the far north of Ukraine, the villagers of Tsirkuny in the Kharkiv region have access to electricity for the first time since Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February. The regional power company said 100 consumers in the village were back online.

“Due to the hostilities, the damage to the power grid and equipment here is enormous,” the company said. “The substation, power poles and wires were damaged. The work was also complicated due to the large volume of mine clearance work in the territory. We replaced 2 transformers to provide electricity to consumers. used first. Need to replace 10 other transformers.”

Elsewhere, more recent damage is being worked out.

Oleksandr Starukh, head of the Zaporizhzhia military junta, told a briefing that the situation in the region is currently very difficult.

“Our electrical engineers have been trying to restore basic critical systems,” says Starukh. “People have heating, water supplies, sewer systems working. Electricity is provided on a schedule,” says Starukh. submit”.

“The major issues have been resolved, except for the infrastructure being destroyed, which takes time to restore. Equipment needs to be purchased and installed, which will take some time.”

The energy crisis is aggravated by the lack of nuclear power generation in Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, in which all six units were shut down. “They’re in partial cold and partly hot off mode,” says Starukh.

The factory has been occupied by the Russians since early March. Russian-appointed officials have repeatedly announced plans to connect the plant to the Russian power grid through Crimea.

Earlier Monday, state electricity company Ukrenergo said “all through the night, enemy UAVs attempted to break into power facilities across the country.”

It said several facilities were hit, with the most difficult situations in the central, eastern and Dnipro regions.

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