Because of the Russian attacks on the Ukrainian power grid, people can expect power cuts throughout the winter. Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal said this at a cabinet meeting in Kyiv on Friday. Although the situation is currently "under control", there are still shortcomings in the power supply due to the damage. "All thermal and hydroelectric power plants in the country were damaged." In addition, around 40 percent of the high-voltage grid systems were damaged to varying degrees. "Therefore, the restrictions in the power supply are still significant in most regions," he summed up.
"Let's face it, this winter we will constantly live in the conditions of limited electricity consumption," he said, according to the state agency Unian. Priorities would have to be set. Critical infrastructure, such as hospitals and water and heat supply, has priority, followed by the military-industrial complex under the motto "Everything for the front". Only in third place are critical supply objects such as bakeries or dairies. Supplying the civilian population with electricity is only in fourth place.
Volodymyr Kudryzkyj, head of the state electricity network operator Ukrenerho, had previously pointed out the problems. The electricity deficit can be compensated for in part with measures such as electricity imports, "but not completely".
The Russian missile attacks of the past few weeks have targeted Ukraine's entire energy infrastructure. As a result, the power supply in large parts of the country collapsed. In the meantime, it has been possible to supply the population with electricity at least by the hour.
Schmyhal at Unian