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The attack on the Dnipro hydroelectric power station, a burned trolleybus and a blackout in Kharkiv — the consequences of a large-scale attack in the photographs of documentary filmmakers


The aftermath of the shelling of the Dnipro HPP in Zaporizhzhia on March 22, 2024. Photo by Ihor Guryev

A blackout in Kharkiv, two people killed in Khmelnytskyi, three in Zaporizhzhia, emergency power outages in most regions of Ukraine, a hit to the Dnipro hydroelectric power station, and dozens of destroyed buildings and burned cars - these are the consequences of the nighttime Russian attack on the Ukrainian energy sector, which was the largest in 2024.

On the night of March 22, Russian troops attacked Ukraine with kamikaze drones and missiles of various types: guided aircraft, cruise, ballistic, and hypersonic "Daggers." "Shahids were spotted in Kherson, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytskyi, and Lviv regions. In total, Ukrainian air defense managed to shoot down 92 air targets out of 151 launched by the enemy.



Russia launched at least 20 missile strikes in Zaporizhzhia, and eight missiles hit the Dnipro hydroelectric power station. This was reported by Yuriy Belousov, Head of the Department for Combating Crimes in the Context of Armed Conflict, on the air of the United News marathon.

"Today, Zaporizhzhia was under the most massive attack - the hydroelectric power plant itself was hit 8 times, which means that 8 missiles hit an extremely important facility that contains not only an energy component but also performs other functions. And we all understand the possible consequences - Ukraine has already experienced the consequences of a similar facility being hit. Currently, there is no danger to citizens, but the facility is out of commission," added the representative of the Prosecutor General's Office.

The first victim of the attack on the hydroelectric power plant has been reported - a trolleybus with people was moving along the dam.  

A burnt-out trolleybus moving along a dam in Zaporizhzhia. March 22, 2024. Photo by Ihor Guryev

"The inhumans have not calmed down after destroying the Kakhovka HPP and are now trying to create a new environmental disaster by cynically attacking the Dnipro HPP and the dam," Ukrhydroenergo said in an official statement. The agency noted that there is currently no threat of a dam breach. Traffic through the Dnipro HPP has been temporarily suspended.

Damaged high-rise building in Zaporizhzhia. March 22, 2024. Photo by Kateryna Klochko

Ivan Fedorov, head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, said that an 8-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man, a daughter and a father, were killed by a Russian missile strike on the private sector of Zaporizhzhia. In addition, a 62-year-old trolleybus driver traveling along the hydroelectric power plant was killed. There were no passengers on the trolleybus at the time of the attack. Ivan Fedorov noted that, according to updated data, a total of 20 people were injured. In addition, as a result of Russian shelling, private houses were destroyed and dozens of high-rise buildings were damaged.

A Russian missile hits private homes in Zaporizhzhia. March 22, 2024. Photo by Kateryna Klochko


The Russians attacked Kharkiv more than 15 times. The city's energy infrastructure facilities are under attack.

March 22, 2024. Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

Due to the shelling, Kharkiv was virtually left without electricity and water, traffic lights were not working, and hotlines 101 and 102 were unavailable for some time. This was reported by the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov.

Rescuers are eliminating the consequences of a Russian strike on an energy infrastructure facility in Kharkiv. March 22, 2024. Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko

In Kharkiv, one victim has been reported - a 43-year-old man who works at a power plant.

The State Emergency Service urges people to contact the "Points of Unbreakability".

Photo by Heorhiy Ivanchenko

Photo by Heorhiy Ivanchenko

President's reaction

Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized that Russia had once again demonstrated that it was at war with civilians and the energy sector. That is why he called on partners to strengthen air defense.

"Russian missiles have no delays, like aid packages to our country. The Shahedin do not have indecision like some politicians. It is important to understand the cost of delays and postponed decisions. Petriot systems need to protect Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia, and we need air defense to protect people, infrastructure, homes and dams. Our partners know exactly what is needed. They can definitely support us. We need these solutions. Life must be protected from these non-humans from Moscow," Zelenskyy emphasized.

He also expressed his condolences to all those whose relatives and friends were killed in the missile attack.

The project is implemented thanks to the support of IWM Documenting Ukraine.


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