Russia has destroyed or damaged half of Ukraine's energy system - Foreign Affairs Minister Kuleba

Dmytro Kuleba
Dmytro Kuleba

Half of Ukraine's energy system has been damaged in Russian air strikes, Foreign Affairs Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said.

Half of Ukraine's energy system has been damaged in Russian air strikes, Foreign Affairs Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said.

"Half of our energy system is damaged, and we still have to run the country, conduct military operations, and rally the support of the world," he told Foreign Policy.

Russian ballistic missiles are the real scourge of this war, he said.

Read also: Russia's massive attack targets Ukrainian energy sites, hospital, and infrastructure

"Recently, they are mainly used to destroy our energy system," Kuleba said.

"I dare say that if another country suffered from such a scale of energy destruction, it would look much worse than Ukraine. We hold on because we have learned a lot. We are stable, we know what the stakes are."

Russian attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure

Russia renewed its attacks on Ukraine's energy facilities in the spring of 2024 with its largest and most powerful strikes of the war.

Energy facilities nationwide were targeted in several Russian missile and drone attacks.

Read also: Russia launched over 20 missiles at Dnipro HES in 2024, Ukraine says

  • The Dnipro HES lost both power plants. The dam survived, but the equipment was destroyed, the restoration of the Dnipro HPP may take years

  • In Kharkiv, the TEC-5 (combined heat and power plant) was destroyed, Its restoration is tantamount to building a new facility, which will also take several years

  • Kharkiv Oblast's Zmiyiv TPP (part of Centrenergo) was destroyed

  • Rinat Akhmetov's DTEK Group announced that it had lost 80% of its generation

  • All power units of the Burshtynska and Ladyzhynska TPPs were damaged

  • A gas storage facility in western Ukraine was damaged

According to preliminary estimates, the latest Russian attacks on the Ukrainian energy system caused losses of at least 90-100 million euros - and that only includes the company's high-voltage equipment, said Ukrenergo head, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, on March 24.

Against the backdrop of Russia's massive attacks on the Ukrainian energy system, it is necessary to prepare for any scenarios in the spring and summer, Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said on April 12.

Germany will provide equipment from closed energy facilities to Ukraine, Halushchenko said on April 21.

Read also: Ukraine to face power outages country-wide on April 18 due to Russian strikes on energy grid

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