Ukraine faces ‘worst winter in history’ – gas boss — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Ukraine is facing its harshest winter in its history, which will be marked by ongoing blackouts, said Yuri Vitrenko, the head of state-owned energy giant Naftogaz.

In an interview with German media outlet Handelsblatt, published on Monday, Vitrenko claimed that “about 40% of the power stations have been destroyed” by the recent Russian airstrikes.

“This will be the worst winter in our history. We expect constant power outages and heating problems,” Vitrenko said, adding that Moscow also hit refineries.

Ukraine is bracing for winter power outages, Naftogaz boss says, admitting “it is impossible to 100% prevent problems” and the country therefore needs the help of its donors.

In an interview with The Guardian in late August, long before Russia launched its offensive against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Vitrenko admitted that without Western financial support, Ukraine “lack of gas” and, as a result, could see its electrical system fail.

In September, the Naftogaz boss urged Ukrainians to stock up on blankets and warm clothes, noting that this year’s heating season will start later and end earlier, while winter temperatures in apartments will be fixed. at 17-18 degrees Celsius (62-64 degrees Fahrenheit), four degrees below normal temperature.

Moscow’s continued bombardment of Ukrainian infrastructure prompted Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky last week to ask his compatriots to ease the strain on the ailing energy system by limiting their electricity consumption between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

On Sunday, he also asked local authorities “consume electricity very consciously” and pointed out that “this is not the right time for shop windows and neon signs.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a shift in the military offensive in Ukraine on October 10, with forces from Moscow launching massive long-range missile strikes on Ukrainian military, communications and energy facilities. He accused kyiv of having orchestrated several “Terrorist attacks” on Russian infrastructure, including the Crimean Bridge bombing.

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