Russia destroys Ukraine main power plant

RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 13 Apr 2024 by Alex Teddy

On April 12 Russian air strikes carried out the attack. The Ukrainian Air Force said it destroyed 58 out of 82 missiles and drones that attacked the plant. 6 of the missiles fired were Kinzhal (''dagger'') which are ultra fast—according to Kyiv. Air defense was unable to take down the Kinzhals. The power plant is the Trypilska Thermal Power Plant. However, Kyiv does not seem to have suffered power outages as a result, although other towns have. Ukraine said no one was killed or injured in the attack. Zelensky repeated his plea for air defense. He said Western countries have many systems that they can afford to donate. In 2024 Russia has renewed its strategy of targeting energy infrastructure. Russia has largely been successful with this in Kharkiv. It is surprising that Russia is destroying power stations because Ukraine is increasingly connected to the EU electric grid. Therefore, taking out power stations in Ukraine will have little impact because Ukraine will be supplied with electricity from the EU for free because the Ukrainians cannot afford to pay for it. However, this raises costs for the EU.

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