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Russia attacked electrical energy amenities in a lot of Ukraine, together with the nation’s largest hydroelectric plant, inflicting widespread outages and killing no less than three folks, officers stated Friday.

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Energy Minister German Galushchenko stated the nighttime drone and rocket assaults have been “the largest attack on the Ukrainian energy sector in recent times. The goal is not just to damage, but to try again, like last year, to cause a large-scale disruption of the country’s energy system.”

The assaults precipitated a hearth on the Dnipro Hydroelectric Station, which provides electrical energy to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Europe’s largest nuclear energy set up.

The most important 750-kilovolt energy line to the plant was minimize off, International Atomic Energy Agency head Rafael Grossi stated early Friday. A lower-power backup line was working, he stated.

The plant is occupied by Russian troops, and combating across the plant has been a relentless concern due to the potential for a nuclear accident.

The dam on the hydroelectric station was not in peril of breaching, the nation’s hydroelectric authority stated. A dam breach couldn’t solely disrupt provides to the nuclear plant however would doubtlessly trigger extreme flooding just like what occurred final 12 months when a serious dam at Kakhovka additional down the Dnieper collapsed.

One particular person was killed and no less than eight injured within the Russian assault, stated Zaporizhzhia regional governor Ivan Fedorov.

Attacks on power amenities within the Kharkiv area precipitated blackouts, and different assaults have been reported in areas of western Ukraine removed from the entrance strains. Two folks died within the Khmelnytskyi area, in response to the Internal Affairs Ministry.

“The world sees the targets of Russian terrorists as clearly as possible: power plants and energy supply lines, a hydroelectric dam, ordinary residential buildings, even a trolleybus. Russia is fighting against the ordinary life of people,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated Friday on the Telegram messaging app.

Russian officers stated Friday that one particular person died and no less than three have been injured in Ukrainian shelling of areas close to the border.

The governor of the Belgorod area, Vyacheslav Gladkov, stated a lady was killed when a shell hit close by whereas she was strolling her canines and that two others have been injured. The city of Tetkino within the Kursk area was shelled, injuring one particular person, stated Gov. Roman Starovoit.

Both areas have been topic to shelling and drone assaults in latest weeks and officers have stated that makes an attempt by Ukrainian fighters to cross into Russian territory have been repelled.