Russian attack on energy facility in Kryvyi Rih plunges thousands into darkness

Smoke rises in the sky over Ukraine after a missile attack
Smoke rises in the sky over Ukraine after a missile attack
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Russian forces carried out a drone attack on Kryvyi Rih in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, targeting an energy infrastructure facility, reported Oleksandr Vilkul, the city’s Defense Council Head, on Telegram on Feb. 3.

The city is implementing scheduled power outage.

Ukraine’s East Air Command successfully neutralized five drones. The drone strikes led to fires, with 7,500 households in the Metalurhiynyi District being left without electricity as of 7 a.m.

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The city's tram line and two boiler rooms, Teplomerezha and Teplotsentral No. 2, which provide heat to 43,000 households, lost power, said regional governor, Serhiy Lysak, on Telegram.

"Power engineers are introducing emergency shutdown schedules (akin to those used during last year's blackouts)," Vilkul said.

Hospitals, water, and heat supply are transitioning to generators, and the city anticipates rolling blackouts of electricity and communications. "Invincibility points" are operating, he said.

Russian troops fired heavy artillery at the Nikopol district, damaging two houses, a shed, and a power line. No casualties were reported.

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Russia attacked Ukraine with 14 Shaheds overnight on Feb. 3. Ukraine’s Air Defense destroyed nine.

Russians hit a substation in Kryvyi Rih on Feb. 2. At least 40,000 households experienced blackouts, and miners were trapped underground.

The situation remains dynamic, and ongoing updates will be monitored closely.

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