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Russia Strikes Ukraine's Power Grid; Kyiv Targets Enemy Oil Depots

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In the latest escalation of the conflict, Russia has resumed its aggressive campaign against Ukraine's infrastructure, focusing on the power grid. According to Ukrenergo, national power company of Ukraine, the attack targeted power facilities in the Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv, and Vinnytsia regions. This marks the seventh major assault on Ukrainian power plants by Russia since intensifying its energy infrastructure attacks three months ago.

The Ukrainian air force reported that Russia launched nine missiles and 27 Shahed drones at critical energy infrastructure in central and eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian air defenses successfully intercepted all drones and five cruise missiles, preventing further damage. Despite these defenses, the attack resulted in significant damage to power structures, including injuries to three employees of the private energy company DTEK, which confirmed one of its power plants was hit overnight.

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Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces retaliated with cross-border drone strikes targeting Russian oil facilities. This retaliation follows previous Ukrainian strikes that caused fires at Russian oil storage depots. Recently, fires were reported in Russia's Adygea and Tambov regions after Ukrainian drone attacks on oil depots. In the town of Enem, a fire broke out at an oil depot following a Ukrainian drone strike, which local authorities managed to extinguish. In Tambov, an oil reservoir caught fire at another oil depot due to similar aerial assault.

The ongoing conflict has seen both sides increasingly target each other's critical infrastructure, exacerbating tensions and leading to significant disruptions. In Russia, authorities reported additional incidents including a drone strike hitting a private house in Slavyansk, resulting in a fatality. Despite Russian claims of downing 15 Ukrainian drones across three regions, the Defense Ministry did not mention any associated damage.

These developments highlight the continued volatility and humanitarian impact of the conflict, with rolling blackouts affecting Ukrainian households and industries while retaliatory strikes further escalate tensions between the two nations.

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