UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, Apr 24 — About 207,000 homes in the Kharkiv region are without power due to Russian missile strikes. Electricity consumption restrictions are implemented throughout the day, reported the Ukrainian energy company Ukrenergo.

Russian attack on Kharkiv in March 2024 effectively destroyed all power and heating infrastructure supplying the city and Kharkiv Oblast. Both Kharkiv and its region are currently supplied with electricity from other Ukrainian regions.

Ukrenergo reports that the power grid is experiencing a shortage of electricity throughout the day. Due to the damage caused by Russian missile strikes, power plants are unable to generate enough electricity to cover all consumer needs.

On April 23, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that the Ukraine Energy Support Fund had raised about €410 million from 13 partner countries to purchase generators, transformers, [spare parts for damaged infrastructure objects — ed.], and to fund repairs.

In particular, the United Kingdom has announced the allocation of more than $180 million to strengthen Ukraine’s energy sector. Lithuania, in turn, will donate equipment from its Thermal Power Plants, Nuclear Power Plants, and warehouses, and Germany will send 400 generators.

“80 cogeneration units have been distributed to the regions. Kharkiv will receive them first, [being a place] where the situation is critical. We will deploy the mini-TPP network quickly to have a safety margin at the start of the new heating season,” Shmyhal said.

According to the Ministry of Energy, by now repair crews have restored power supply to 3,247 homes in the Kharkiv Oblast.

Kharkiv, which is located in northeastern Ukraine, just 19 miles from the border with Russia, has a population of 1.3 million people as of February 2024.

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