‘Blackouts in Kyiv’: Russia batters Ukraine’s power grid amid air defense shortage

‘Blackouts in Kyiv’: Russia batters Ukraine’s power grid amid air defense shortage


Ukrainian authorities have begun to impose rolling blackouts throughout the country under the weight of Russia‘s bombardment of Ukraine’s power grid.

“We have blackouts in Kyiv, so I’m sitting in the darkness right now,” Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksandr Merezhko, who chairs the foreign affairs committee, told the Washington Examiner. “Winter hasn’t started here, but we’re already having these blackouts. And it doesn’t bode well for the coming winter.”

Russia has targeted Ukrainian energy infrastructure since 2022, when the initial failure of the invading Russian columns forced Russian strategists to seek new ways to enervate the Ukrainian defense. An influx of Western air defense systems enabled Ukrainian forces to mitigate that threat, but delivery delays in the United States and Europe left Ukraine’s power grid vulnerable to several

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