According to officials, Russian airstrikes have allegedly done “colossal” damage to Ukraine’s electrical grid, which might result in rolling blackouts through March.
Authorities advise Ukrainians to stock up on supplies and leave hard-hit areas to survive the brutal winter.
The official grid operator in Ukraine has instructed the commercial energy supplier DTEK Yasno, whose service regions include Kyiv, the country’s capital, and the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region, to resume emergency blackouts, according to Sergey Kovalenko, the company’s CEO.
Although there are fewer blackouts, Kovalenko posted on Facebook, “I want everyone to understand: Most likely, Ukrainians will have to put up with blackouts until at least the end of March.”
“We must be ready for all possibilities, even the worst ones. Stock up on blankets and warm clothing.
He advised Ukrainian citizens to consider what they could do to get through a protracted closure.
As the war nears the nine-month mark, Russia has undertaken six significant aerial operations against Ukraine’s infrastructure, including its electrical grid.
Millions of Ukrainians have been left without heat, electricity, and water due to that targeted assault’s widespread blackouts.
Due to the absence of power and damage to Ukraine’s medical facilities, Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge, the regional director for Europe of the World Health Organization, warned that “this winter will be life-threatening for millions of people in Ukraine.”
In the winter, Ukraine’s temperatures frequently hover below freezing, and snow has already started to fall in numerous places, including Kyiv.
In anticipation of a harsh winter, Ukrainian authorities have begun evacuating inhabitants from recently liberated areas of the southern Kherson and Mykolaiv districts.
Even in the absence of further Russian airstrikes, regular blackouts will be required, according to Kovalenko, to guarantee that power is distributed fairly.
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, more than half of the nation’s energy infrastructure has been harmed by Russian missile strikes.