Ukraine: Russia bombed Odessa’s power grid with Iranian drones

All non-vital infrastructure in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa lost power after Russia launched drone strikes at power plants, local officials said on Saturday, while much of thearea surrounding was damaged.

Odessa Mayor Gennady Trukhanov wrote on Facebook: “Due to the extent of the damage, electricity was cut off to all users in Odessa except for critical infrastructure,” according to Reuters.

15 gears

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office said Iranian Shahed-136 drones hit two energy plants in the Odessa region.

In turn, the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote on Facebook that 15 of these drones, which can carry explosives and fly to their targets, were fired at targets in the southern regions of Odessa and Mykolaiv, but 10 of them were shot down.

Major lines and equipment were affected

The city administration also released a statement via the Telegram application, saying that the Russian attacks targeted main lines and power transmission equipment in the Odessa region in the prime Saturday morning hours.

For his part, the governor of the region, Maxim Marchenko, said that “Russia has used suicide drones, which fly towards their target instead of firing ammunition”, and that two planes were shot down over the Black Sea.

“Because of the bombings, there is no electricity in almost every neighborhood and (residential) community in our area,” he added on Telegram.

energy infrastructure goal

Since October, Moscow has targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in a series of missile and drone attacks. On Friday, Kiev acknowledged that all of the country’s thermal and hydroelectric power plants were damaged.

Kiev also claims that Russia has launched hundreds of Shahed-136 drones at targets in ​​​​Ukraine, asking in response tougher international sanctions against Iran.

Iran recognizes

Western powers also accuse Tehran of supplying Moscow with drones for use in its military operations in Ukraine.

Last November, Tehran admitted to sending drones in Russia, but said it supplied them before its military operation began in Ukraine.

Moscow already uses hundreds of Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones. However, he denies the use of so-called “kamikaze” drones.

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