Ukraine, Conflict in Donbass (bbabo.net), - Citizens of Kyiv should prepare for the worst-case scenario of a widespread blackout at low temperatures, said the mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitali Klitschko, in an interview with the German publication Bild, published today, November 23.
According to him, Kyiv can expect "the worst winter since the Second World War." If things go according to the worst-case scenario, part of the city may have to be evacuated, although the authorities do not want it to come to that, Klitschko argued.
The mayor of the capital then went on to argue that Russia is seeking to "force the people of Kiev to flee, using strikes on civilian infrastructure for this."
Serhiy Kovalenko, head of the Ukrainian electricity and gas supplier YASNO, said last Monday that permanent power cuts in Ukraine would most likely last until the end of March next year. According to him, local specialists are making every effort to complete the restoration of the power grid affected by Russian strikes before the onset of even more severe cold weather, but if the strikes continue, “we will have to use not only hourly stabilization shutdowns, but also emergency ones, due to which there may be no light for a very long time, ”Deutsche Welle reminds this Wednesday (foreign media, recognized in the Russian Federation as a foreign agent).
The head of the board of NPC Ukrenergo, Volodymyr Kudrytsky, in turn, said that almost all large hydroelectric power plants and thermal power plants were damaged due to Russian missile strikes in Ukraine. The damage to the country's energy system is estimated at more than 70 billion hryvnia (1.9 billion euros).