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Ukraine's energy sector is jeopardized: MP on winter preparations

24 November, 2023 Friday
20:16

Oleh Synyutka, Member of Parliament of Ukraine, noted that in the last two days there has been a shortage of energy capacity, so Ukraine has been importing electricity from partners in Europe

He said this on Espreso TV.

"The winter will be difficult. I would not like to discourage Ukrainians and assure them, as we have heard from the authorities for several months, that everything has been done and we are ready for winter as never before. Today's bravado statements by the authorities have already given way to realistic rhetoric. I think the winter will be challenging, and I understand that the enemy will attack energy facilities because it needs to sow panic, uncertainty and fatigue among Ukrainians," the MP said.

According to him, Russian enemy will use various psychological attacks and energy destabilization to encourage Ukrainians to give up, to quarrel among themselves, so that Ukrainians lose the unity that helps to destroy the invading forces.

"I am convinced that today we have better air defense. That is, the Patriot and IRIS-T systems we received from our Western partners will certainly help us. Time will tell whether these systems will be enough. But, in my opinion, the energy sector is now in jeopardy. And we have already had a shortage of power capacity in the last two days, meaning we have been importing electricity from our partners in Europe. However, during peak hours, I would ask every Ukrainian to save electricity as much as possible," said Oleh Synyutka.

  • On October 6, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy chaired a meeting of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief's Staff: the situation at the front and the protection of the Ukrainian power system were among the key issues.
  • As of October 20, the key problem for the entire energy sector was debts in the energy market, which made it very difficult to prepare for winter.
  • On October 22, the UK Ministry of Defense reported that British engineers had developed a training program for Ukrainian civilian engineers to protect energy infrastructure from Russian air attacks.
  • On November 20, US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink said that the United States and the United Kingdom were working with Ukraine to strengthen the protection of the Ukrainian energy system from Russian attacks.
  • On November 21, A British intelligence report stated that Russia has amassed missiles to attack Ukraine's energy infrastructure 
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