Kyiv, Ukraine: In a grim turn of events, Ukraine is grappling with a severe energy crisis as energy consumption reached a record high yesterday, putting immense strain on the fragile energy sector.
Nearly 500 towns faced power outages due to a combination of Russian shelling, airstrikes, and adverse weather conditions.
Once an electricity exporter, Ukraine has been forced to resort to emergency electricity imports from neighbouring Romania and Poland this week to meet the surging demand, as revealed by Ukraine’s power grid operator, Ukrenergo.
The operator emphasized the critical situation: “The power system continues to be difficult. There is currently no spare capacity in the power plants.”
As the energy system enters its second military winter, it finds itself in a significantly more precarious state after months of relentless Russian missile and drone attacks that targeted crucial infrastructure last winter.
These attacks plunged cities into darkness, leaving residents without water or heating for extended periods in freezing temperatures.
Despite the weakened state of the energy system, Ukrainians are hopeful that improved air defences provided by the West will offer some protection against the ongoing onslaught.
Ukrenergo has issued urgent appeals to residents, urging them to conserve electricity amidst the continuous Russian attacks, which persist almost two years after Moscow initiated its invasion and occupation of large parts of Ukraine’s east and south, encompassing about a fifth of the country’s territory.
“This morning, Ukrenergo again registered a high level of consumption, almost equal to yesterday’s record,” stated the operator, highlighting that consumption has peaked for this heating season.
The Ukrainian government, in a statement, revealed that 492 settlements across the country were left without electricity due to a combination of bad weather, shelling, strikes, and ongoing fighting.
Russia, undeterred by international condemnation, has continued its assault on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure this winter.
Almost nightly, dozens of drones are dispatched to strike nationwide power generation facilities and distribution networks.
Today, the Ministry of Energy announced that three power units at a thermal power plant in a frontline area are not operational, impacting the already strained energy system.
The department reported that the facility came under fire again during the day, resulting in additional damage to the equipment.
Adding to the challenges, dense cloud cover over the country hinders the functioning of solar power plants, exacerbating the energy crisis.
With the situation deteriorating rapidly, the international community is closely watching the unfolding humanitarian and energy disaster in Ukraine.
As Ukrainians endure the harsh realities of war and a bitter winter, the urgent need for international support and intervention becomes increasingly evident.
The world awaits a resolution to this protracted conflict, hoping for a swift end to the suffering of the Ukrainian people and a restoration of stability to the beleaguered energy infrastructure.
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