Ukraine war: Half a million without power after ‘significant’ accident at electricity substation in Odesa

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The Black Sea port and its surrounding areas were plunged into darkness following a large-scale network failure, Ukraine’s grid operator reported. It said the failure involved equipment “repeatedly repaired” after Russian attacks.

Half a million people have been left without power after a “significant” accident at an electricity substation in Odesa, southern Ukraine.

The Black Sea port and its surrounding areas were plunged into darkness following a large-scale network failure, Ukraine‘s grid operator Ukrenergo reported.

It said the failure involved equipment “repeatedly repaired” after Russia’s attacks on the country’s energy grid and warned residents should brace themselves for lengthy blackouts.

“Unfortunately, the scale of the accident is quite significant, and this time, the power supply restrictions will be longer. It is not yet possible to determine a specific time when (power) will be fully restored,” the company said.

Maksym Marchenko, a Ukrainian colonel, wrote on Telegram: “A serious accident occurred at one of the energy facilities of NPC Ukrenergo, which caused a fire.

“Because of this, the Odessa region and the city of Odessa were almost completely de-energized. As of now, almost 500,000 subscribers have no electricity.”

Source Sky News