The neighboring country of Moldova, which has been connected to the Ukrainian power grid since Soviet times, also reported large-scale outages. President Maia Sandu said: “Russia has left Moldova in the dark.” The future of her country with 2.6 million people must lie in the free world. The Russian ambassador has been summoned to the foreign ministry, the government said.
Even before the latest wave of attacks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that more than half of Ukraine’s power supply system had already been damaged. Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said one of the capital’s infrastructure facilities was hit and there were several explosions in other districts. The water supply had failed throughout Kyiv. Authorities spokesman said that three people were killed and nine wounded in an impact on a building.
Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear power plant operator Enerhoatom said the last three fully operational nuclear power plants had been shut down as a protective measure. They would supply electricity again when the power grid had returned to normal. The radiation values are unchanged, “all indicators are normal,” said Enerhoatom on Telegram.
According to the Ministry of Energy, most heating and hydroelectric power plants were temporarily out of action on Wednesday. Repair teams are in action, “but given the extent of the damage, we will need time”.
The Ukrainian Air Force said Russia had on Wednesday 70 cruise missiles fired, of which 51 were shot down. Five drones were also intercepted.