A deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office said on Saturday that more than 1.5 million energy subscribers in Ukraine were de-energized following another wave of attacks by Russia.
According to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, who shared the update on his Telegram channel, repairs were immediately started to rectify the outage.
According to the Ministry of Digital Transformation, air sirens were activated across the country, except for Crimea, which was annexed by Russia.
Remember: Ukraine has faced widespread attacks on critical infrastructure and power since October 10th.
Government officials warn of a potentially cold and dark winter.
Local leaders are sharing the situation on the ground. A series of new attacks have damaged infrastructure in central and western Ukraine, officials from various regions said on Saturday.
Residents of the western city of Rivne were told to “stay in shelter” while electricians worked to restore power throughout the city, said Vitaly Vitaly, head of the region’s military administration. Koval said on Telegram.
In Khmelnytskyi, south of Rivne, the city council reported a city-wide blackout after hearing a series of explosions.
“The water will also run out in an hour, so stock up on water if you can,” the council wrote on Telegram.
Parts of Lutsk, Ukraine’s westernmost city, were left without electricity due to attacks on energy facilities located there, Mayor Ihor Polishchuk said. He added that rescue teams were working to find the wounded and one civilian was burned by the blast, but no one appeared to have been killed.
Attacks on energy facilities in the Kropyvnitsky region of central Ukraine also failed to supply electricity to residents of the neighboring Cherkasy region, according to sources in the military administrations of both regions.
CNN’s Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report.