Russian mass attack shuts down metro, trolleybuses, and trams in Kharkiv

Firefighters combating a blaze after a Russian attack in Kharkiv
Firefighters combating a blaze after a Russian attack in Kharkiv

Russia's most recent mass attack on Ukraine has rendered Kharkiv's metro, trolleybuses, and trams  non-operational, said Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov on national television on March 22.

"Kharkiv is experiencing a complete power outage, leaving all services without electricity,” Terekhov said.

“Despite this setback, we have initiated water supply operations — we can do so. We have also switched to generators and are activating heating networks."

A total of 40,000 households will be connected to the heating system, he said.

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Although the metro, trolleybuses, and trams are currently not operating, they are being substituted by bus routes, Terekhov said.

"Service lines 101 and 112 are currently inactive; however, the city line 1652 remains operational,” he said.

“People can place calls to this line, and they will be redirected."

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The Russian military launched its most extensive attack of 2024 on Ukraine's energy system on the morning of March 22, targeting multiple oblasts with cruise and ballistic missiles, and drones.

Russia launched over 150 drones and missiles, including ballistic and cruise missiles. Air defense forces intercepted 92 of those targets.

Damage to infrastructure and energy facilities has been confirmed in Kharkiv, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhya, Kryvyi Rih, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytskyi, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Lviv oblasts.

Russians launched 12 missile attacks on Zaporizhzhya. Early reports say that at least seven buildings were destroyed, and a further 35 were damaged.

Russian forces targeted Ukraine's largest hydroelectric power station — Dniprovska HPP in Zaporizhzhya — hitting a passenger trolleybus with people on board, Mariupol mayor's adviser Petro Andriushchenko reported earlier. The strike caused fire and traffic on the dam was blocked.

Read also: Zaporizhzhya NPP faces blackout threat after missile attack disconnects main power line

Russia hit critical infrastructure objects in Kryvyi Rih, and the city has implemented rolling blackouts to compensate for the loss in power generation.

Blackouts have also been introduced in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, and Odesa oblasts.

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