25 May 2023 21:49

Over 100 communities in Ukraine cut off from power supply due to bad weather - Energy Ministry

MOSCOW. May 25 (Interfax) - Over 100 communities in Ukraine's Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa, and Nikolayev regions and another 24 in the parts of the Donetsk and Zaporozhye regions under Kiev's control were cut off from power supply due to adverse weather as of May 25.

In particular, 73 communities have been left without electricity in the Dnepropetrovsk region, and thunderstorms triggered blackouts in the Kirovograd region and parts of the Zaporozhye region controlled by Kiev, Ukrainian media quoted the Energy Ministry as saying on Thursday.

Grid infrastructure has been damaged in the Chernovtsy region, and 3,200 customers were left without electricity in the Kiev region. Repairs are underway.

"Over the past 24 hours, power engineers have managed to resume power supply to nearly 40,000 customers," it said.

Despite the difficulties caused by the shelling, the power system is operating in a stable manner, with repairs of power generation facilities and grids ongoing, it said.

"Electricity imports at 20 to 110 MW from Slovakia are planned for today, and no exports are expected," it said.

According to the ENTSO-E website, after two days during which Ukraine neither exported nor imported electricity, the country planned to import 210 MW/h of electricity from Slovakia between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.

As reported, the national power grid operator Ukrenergo expected to resume electricity exports to Europe within the next few days, possibly over this coming weekend.