Ukrainians urged to conserve electricity, brace for harsh winter amid escalating Russian attacks

Aftermath of the Russian attack on the energy infrastructure of Ukraine
Aftermath of the Russian attack on the energy infrastructure of Ukraine

Ukrainians should conserve electricity and prepare for a difficult winter as Russia’s recent attacks on the country’s energy system have caused the most extensive damage of the war, Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said on the national television on May 13.

"We have already lost about 8 GW of capacity in the system for now," he said.

"If this had happened in any other country, there would have been a total blackout. The situation is complicated. But today there is light, the system is balanced, and this is the result of the hard work of our energy workers."

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In winter it will be difficult to maintain the system without restrictions, he said.

It is also difficult to predict the situation before winter, as it will depend on future Russian attacks on the system.

There may be difficulties with electricity supply this summer, he added, though renewable energy sources, such as solar power plants, can help balance the system during this period.

He advised consumers to prepare for a difficult winter.

Energy companies are doing everything possible to ensure that the winter passes stably, Halushchenko said.

"Even if you don't have restrictions today, you have to understand that there is a war going on and somewhere at this time these restrictions exist," he said.

"That is why it is very important to use electricity sparingly."

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