The Ukrainian government has repeated calls for citizens to ration their electricity consumption, announcing a schedule of rolling blackouts if the grid reaches capacity. Ukrenergo warns that power outages may last from 8-10 hours per day where power lines are still intact. Areas that sustained more damage may go without electricity for much longer.
The mayor of the western city of Lutsk, Ihor Polishchuk, says the damage inflicted by three Russian rockets “is not compatible with repair.” He asked for patience as engineers rebuild electrical infrastructure and restore water pressure.
“When you don’t have electricity in a city, it means you have no water, you have no supply of gas, you have nothing,” Oleksandr Kharchenko, a leading Ukrainian energy expert, told NPR. “It’s really huge trouble.”Ukraine’s power grid sustains record damage in Russian strikes, utility says : NPR