Copyright © 2024 Euromaidanpress.com

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Russian strikes, cold weather trigger emergency power cuts amid shortages in Ukraine

Due to increased electricity shortages after Russian strikes and cold weather, Ukraine has implemented emergency outages for industrial and residential consumers across all regions.
russian strikes cold weather trigger emergency power cuts amid shortages ukraine trypilska plant fire following 11 april 2024 missile attack kyiv oblast centrenergo thermal plant_result
Trypilska power plant on fire following a Russian 11 April 2024 missile attack. Kyiv Oblast. Photo: Centrenergo
Russian strikes, cold weather trigger emergency power cuts amid shortages in Ukraine

Across all regions of Ukraine on 15 May, emergency power outages were implemented during the day due to an electricity shortage, with more controlled blackouts expected on 16 May, reported Ukraine’s electricity transmission system operator Ukrenergo.

Russian troops have repeatedly targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure this spring. On May 8 alone, the Ministry of Energy reported attacks on electricity generation and transmission facilities across six oblasts: Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia. Following these numerous attacks, Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko estimated the damage to the national energy system to exceed $1 billion.

From 6:40 to 9:00 and from 19:25 to 22:00 on 15 May, Ukrenergo’s Dispatch Center implemented controlled emergency outages for industrial and residential consumers across all regions of Ukraine, according to the company’s Facebook post. From 00:00 throughout 16 May, planned limitations will be in effect across Ukraine for residential and industrial consumers as hourly scheduled power outages, the company announced. Critical infrastructure has remained and will remain powered.

The reason cited for restrictions is increased electricity consumption during the cold weather, while Ukrainian power plant capacities are insufficient due to consequences of five Russian missile and drone attacks on Ukraine’s energy system since 22 March.

Earlier, in the evening of 14 May, emergency blackouts were also implemented nationwide.

Ukrenergo stated this measure would help make the outages more predictable for consumers and energy system operations safer. Consumption limits have been conveyed to regional energy companies, with restrictions evenly distributed.

Read also:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here


    Will the West continue to support Ukraine?
    • Know what moves the world.
    • Premium journalism from across Europe.
    • Tailored to your needs, translated into English.
    Special discount
    for Euromaidan Press readers
    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!