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Outages shroud Ukraine as Russian strikes on power plants take their toll

KYIV - The cutoffs started Monday and have only increased throughout the week, plunging much of Ukraine's capital into darkness save for a few hours every day. In some parts of the city, even the traffic lights are turned off, and at night entire neighborhoods are draped in black.

The relentless pounding of Ukraine's power plants by Russian drones and missiles is finally being felt. The state electricity distributor, Ukrenergo, said the latest onslaught on the power grid over the weekend meant rationing power throughout the country. It had been the sixth such barrage since March.

"We are catastrophically short of electricity for our needs," Serhii Kovalenko, chief executive of the Ukrainian private electricity distributor, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.


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