Russians Claim Wagner Group Supported Assault Captures Vuhlehirska Power Station, Donetsk

Russians Claim Wagner Group Supported Assault Captures Vuhlehirska Power Station, Donetsk

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For the last 12 hours, the Ukrainian General Staff has reported that Ukrainian Ground Forces have repelled several Russian Ground Forces assaults to seize the Vuhlehirska Power Station in Semihyria, Donetsk.

However, in the last 30 minutes, multiple reports from Russian and pro-Russian telegram accounts including RT, have reported that a third assault has taken the station with support from a contingent of Wagner fighters and Donetsk People’s Republic forces under the 1st Corps.

The settlements of Svitlodars’k and Semihyria represent a significant stepping stone along M-03, the major supply route to Slovyansk and Kramatorsk which is the operational objective of the Russian Federation in securing the rest of Donetsk Oblast. This action coincides with two other major Russian offensives targeting Siversk and Soledar. If these three offensive succeed, a major thrust for Bakhmut and eventually Slovyansk will be within sight for the Russian Ground Forces.

The station has 7 units with a total power output of 3,600 MW and was put in service between 1972 and 1977. Vuhlehirska power station has a 320 metres (1,050 ft) tall flue gas stack, which is one of the tallest structures in Ukraine. Since August 1995 the power station is operated by Centrenergo. Since March of 2022, the station has been offline since Russian natural gas has been shut off to supply operations there.