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The Dnipro hydroelectric power station and other energy facilities were hit: what is known about another russian missile attack on Ukraine

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The Dnipro hydroelectric power station and other energy facilities were hit: what is known about another russian missile attack on Ukraine

The occupation army of russia has launched a new large-scale missile attack on Ukrainian cities. Due to the destruction of the attack's energy facilities, the country experienced light outages. Find out how massive the shelling was and its consequences

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On the night of 22 March, Ukrainians woke up to an alarm that immediately sounded in almost all regions of the country. The Air Force issued a statement about the threat of missile attacks. A short time later, a large number of russian missiles attacked Ukrainian cities, causing one of the largest losses to energy facilities since the beginning of the war.


At midnight on the eve of the missile threat, the russians launched kamikaze drones into Ukraine, which began striking as part of a planned combined attack on cities.


As it turned out in the morning, the occupiers launched 151 air strikes (drones, missiles, including ballistic missiles) at Ukraine overnight on 22 March, of which the Ukrainian Air Defence Forces managed to destroy 92 targets: 55 drones and 37 missiles.


Consequences of the shelling of Ukraine on 22 March


Due to the overstaffing of air defence systems and the shortage of missiles for these systems, the russian army hit dozens of critical infrastructure facilities in Ukraine in various cities in the south, east, north and central Ukraine.


As a result of the attacks, several cities and towns in Ukraine were left without electricity, and some without heat and water supply.


The most difficult situation arose in Kharkiv, where the occupiers struck more than 15 energy facilities. After the attack, the city was completely left without electricity, which resulted in a shutdown of public transport and the failure of rescue phone lines 101 and 112.


Traffic on the city's roads was in a state of collapse due to the shutdown of traffic lights. The police did their best to regulate traffic at the most difficult intersections.


In other regions, the situation is also difficult, as some of them had to introduce a schedule of power cuts to save electricity. 


The russian army also struck a strategic facility in Ukraine - the Dnipro hydroelectric power station, which is the largest in the country and is located on a dam in the city of Zaporizhzhia.




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Strike on the Dnipro hydroelectric power station


According to recent reports, eight missiles hit the plant, causing significant damage. Rescuers continued to extinguish a fire that broke out in one of the plant's units for several hours.


According to Ihor Syrota, head of Ukrhydroenergo, which operates all of Ukraine's dams, the Dnipro HPP was hit directly by the first and second stage hydroelectric power plants (HPP-1 and HPP-2).


"As of today, we are losing the plant. HPP-2 is under threat, we do not know to what extent and with what capacity it will be able to operate because of the hit, because two missiles came in direct contact with HPP-2," he said. 


Dnipro HPP: is there a threat of destruction?


According to Ukrhydroenergo, the situation at the dam after the missile strikes is under control. There is no threat of a breakthrough!


At the same time, in the morning, the shelling of the hydroelectric power plant caused another threat - a blackout at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is under occupation by the russian army. 


As the attack disconnected the external overhead line 750kV Dniprovska, which connects the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP to the integrated power system of Ukraine, experts reported a dangerous situation that threatens to cause an emergency at the nuclear power plant.


Despite the fears, in just a few hours, Ukrainian experts managed to restore the communication line and the plant began to receive the required amount of electricity.


As for the victims of the russian attack, according to the latest data, three Ukrainians were killed and 15 others were injured in Zaporizhzhia.


We remind you! Last summer, russian troops blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, causing the reservoir to become shallow and deserted for a long time. This caused a water shortage in the local region. Read about the consequences Ukraine faced after the russian army blew up the dam here.


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