The Ukrainian air force said that Russia had launched nine missiles and 27 Iranian-designed attack drones, and that air-defence systems had downed all the projectiles except four missiles.

It said air-defence systems were activated in the regions of Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Kherson, Kharkiv and Kyiv, among others.

The energy ministry said a total of seven employees at energy facilities had been wounded and that more than 200,000 people had been temporarily cut off in the Vinnytsia region.

And in Donetsk, the energy ministry said a team of engineers had come under fire while carrying out repairs on power lines.  A 33-year-old worker was wounded, it added.

Russia has stepped up fatal artillery attacks on embattled frontline regions in the south and east of Ukraine.

The governor of the southern Kherson region announced on Thursday morning that Russian attacks had killed two and wounded three.

In Kharkiv, a northeastern region where Russia recently launched a surprise ground offensive, the governor said Russian shelling had killed one woman in the past 24 hours.

And in the Donetsk region, the governor said two people had been killed earlier, including one in the frontline town of Toretsk, where Russian forces have gained ground after a long lull in fighting there.

The Ukrainian military said Russian forces were trying to dislodge its troops from the nearby villages of Shumy and New York.

DTEK’s CEO Maxim Timchenko echoed the calls for more military aid, and said the power plant struck early on Thursday had already been damaged in a previous attack.

“We urgently need to close our skies or Ukraine faces a serious crisis this winter. My plea to allies is to help us defend our energy system and rebuild in time,” he said.

Russia’s defence ministry confirmed it had carried out “precision” strikes on energy facilities that support military production, as a response to Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian oil facilities.

Following the latest Ukrainian attack on Russian territory, the governor of the Krasnodar region — near Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula — announced that one woman had been killed in a drone attack targeting oil facilities.

Among the areas struck was the city of Slavyansk-on-Kuban in the Krasnodar region, where the woman was killed, governor Venyamin Kondratyev said.

The Russian defence ministry said it had downed 15 Ukrainian drones that had also targeted oil storage depots in the southern Adygea republic and in the Tambov region.