President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has held a meeting in Kryvyi Rih focused on the supply of energy and water to cities and villages in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.
Source: The President's evening address
Quote: "We are now in Kryvyi Rih; the entire district and other communities in the oblast have been affected [by recent Russian attacks]: we are having a meeting on energy and water supply to cities and villages of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, including Kryvyi Rih. [We are also discussing:] Protection of energy facilities. Reinforcement of mobile fire groups, air defence and electronic warfare. Restoration of power facilities.
I am grateful to all who have been working to restore the power supply after the recent strikes – every repair team.
I am also grateful to those currently working on the construction of a new water supply infrastructure. This is a strategic task. Hundreds of thousands of people depend on it – Nikopol, Marhanets, Pokrov, part of Kryvyi Rih and Kryvyi Rih district."
Details: Zelenskyy added that he had listened to a separate report on protection against saboteurs and collaborators.
"The law enforcement [authorities] are achieving good results," he said.
Zelenskyy also said that Russia sees Dnipropetrovsk Oblast as one of its main targets for terrorist attacks.
"[They are targeting] our enterprises, our economic potential, this region. We are working to add capabilities to shoot down missiles and drones. Our Air Force servicemen, mobile fire groups, and everyone who is fighting against Russian air terror deserve our gratitude and further strengthening. In particular, we are preparing for new talks with our partners on this," the President stressed.
Before that, Zelenskyy visited the frontline positions of the Ukrainian army in the village of Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia Oblast) on 4 February.
In addition, during his trip to Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, he visited the Air Command Skhid (East) headquarters and decorated Ukrainian pilots with state awards.
On the night of 2-3 February, a drone strike in Kryvyi Rih cut off two boiler houses and 7,500 customers from the power supply.
The city's power engineers introduced emergency shutdown schedules based on the algorithm used last year during blackouts.
Later that evening, due to grid overload, some districts of Kryvyi Rih and the surrounding five hromadas lost power.
The power engineers restored electricity to every home in the city of Kryvyi Rih and the district at midnight after rebooting the grid.