Destruction of Ukraine's Largest Power Plant in Russian Airstrikes
Destruction of Ukraine's Largest Power Plant in Russian Airstrikes

Kyiv: Ukraine's largest power-generating plant faced destruction after Russian airstrikes on Thursday, as per reports. This incident occurred amidst President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's accusations against the West for neglecting Ukraine's urgent need for more air defenses.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported successfully neutralizing 18 inbound missiles and 39 drones launched by Russia. Despite their efforts, Ukraine's air defenses failed to intercept six hypersonic Kinzhal missiles among the 82 missiles and drones launched. Fortunately, there were no casualties or power disruptions in Kyiv or other areas served by the Trypilska TPP.

The Trypilska Thermal Power Plant, a significant electricity supplier to Kyiv, Cherkasy, and Zhytomyr districts, suffered irreparable damage. Centrenergo, the company operating the plant, described it as a "black day" in its history, emphasizing the extensive destruction and the unprecedented challenge it poses.

Centrenergo, a major energy producer in central and eastern Ukraine, witnessed successive attacks on its facilities. The destruction of the Trypilska plant follows the loss of the Zmiivska TPP in the Kharkiv region on March 22 and the Vuhlehirska TPP in the Donetsk region in July 2022. These three power stations had a combined designed capacity of 7690 MW.

Furthermore, DTEK, Ukraine's largest power company, reported significant damage to two of its power installations due to Russian missile and drone attacks on the same day. This escalation marks the most severe assaults on Ukraine's energy infrastructure since Russia's invasion began in 2022, affecting over 80% of the country's power-generating facilities.

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