KIEV, November 24. /TASS/. The shortage of power in Ukraine’s energy grid stood at 50% on Thursday night, the Ukrenergo National Energy Company said in a statement.
"A significant number of thermal power plants and hydroelectric power stations are already operating, the capacities of nuclear power plants are gradually rising," the statement reads. "We would like to point out that nuclear power plants used to produce half of the country’s energy. However, they need time to return to working mode following their forced shutdown," the company said, adding: "We have prepared the energy grid for the relaunch of power plants but the shortage of power still stands at 50%."
Ukrenergo stressed that it was currently impossible to say exactly when Ukraine’s power grid would be fully restored.
Air raid sirens went off across Ukraine for over two hours on Wednesday. According to the country’s Energy Ministry, emergency shutdowns took place at all the three nuclear power plants that remain under Kiev’s control (the Rovno, Khmelnitsky and South Ukraine power stations), and most thermal power plants and hydroelectric power stations were left without power.
Meanwhile, Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko recommended that residents of the Ukrainian capital who owned private homes in the city’s suburbs where there were stoves and water supply available should move there for the time being.