Ukraine PM says Russian strikes hit ‘critical infrastructure’ in three regions

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said on Monday that Russian strikes had hit critical infrastructure in three regions, knocking out electricity to hundreds of towns and village across the country.

“Russian terrorists once again attacked the energy infrastructure of Ukraine in three regions,” Shmygal said.

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“Five drone strikes were recorded in Kyiv. Energy facilities and a residential building were damaged,” he added.

He said Russia had also launched rocket attacks on “critical infrastructure” in the central Dnipropetrovsk region and Sumy region in the east.

“Hundreds of settlements were cut off as a result of the attack,” he added.

“All (government) services are working on fixing the consequences of the shelling and restoring electricity supply.”

Shmygal urged Ukrainians to reduce their electricity use, particularly during peak hours.

The president’s office said Russian missile strikes on critical infrastructure had left several people dead and wounded. And in Dnipropetrovsk, three Russian missiles were shot down but another hit energy facilities.

Ukraine’s grid operator Ukrenergo earlier on Monday also confirmed that Russian strikes damaged energy infrastructure in the country's central and northern regions, adding that the situation with the power system is under control and repair crews are fixing the damage.

Ukrenergo urged Ukrainians in a statement on Telegram to be frugal in their use of electricity, especially in the evening, to reduce strain on the energy system.

“The Ukrenergo dispatch center does not rule out the possibility of introducing emergency shutdown schedules,” it said.

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