Russian shelling of energy infrastructures led to power outages overnight in the Ukrainian regions of Sumy and Kharkiv that border Russia, Ukraine's Energy Ministry said on Monday.

Moscow has intensified strikes on Ukraine's energy facilities in recent months, knocking out a significant chunk of production, and triggering blackouts and energy rationing across the country.

"At night, the enemy shelled the energy infrastructure in Sumy region. More than 400,000 households in Sumy and other towns and villages of the region were cut off from electricity supply," the ministry said.

Energy supplies had been "partially restored" in the morning, it added.

The Sumy region borders Russia and has been targeted throughout Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, now in its third year, but is far from fighting hotspots that lie further south.


It has however faced an increase in strikes, as has the neighbouring region of Kharkiv.

"Consumers in the Kharkiv region were also cut off," the ministry said.

Kyiv says Moscow is escalating attacks from the air and on land ahead of nationwide celebrations on May 9, when Russia marks victory in World War II, and while Ukraine awaits the arrival of crucial weapons supplies from the United States.

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