January 4, 2023 Russia-Ukraine news

By Kathleen Magramo, Jack Guy, Adrienne Vogt, Mike Hayes and Leinz Vales, CNN

Updated 6:58 p.m. ET, January 4, 2023
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7:21 p.m. ET, January 3, 2023

Warmer weather eases Ukraine's electricity demand

From CNN's Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

Unseasonably warm weather in Ukraine is easing demand on the country’s electricity grid, the state-owned electricity operator said Tuesday.

"Due to warm weather, consumption in Ukraine is reduced," Ukrenergo said on its official Facebook page.

“Power plants produce enough electricity to cover the load.

"In addition, due to clear weather in the morning and afternoon hours, the production of electricity by solar power plants is increased."

Nonetheless, Ukrenergo said power restrictions would need to be implemented again by Tuesday afternoon as demand increased through the day, and urged Ukrainians to “consume electricity wisely.”

"We do not forget about the enemy's goals to deprive Ukrainians of light and are ready to counteract it and restore the damage under any circumstances," the company said.

Russia has repeatedly targeted Ukraine's energy infrastructure, disrupting the supply of electricity, water and heat in the country this winter.