The head of Ukraine’s biggest private energy firm says people should consider leaving the country to reduce demand on the country’s power network.
Maxim Timchenko says people should leave if they can to help Ukraine save power
According to DTEK CEO Maxim Timchenko, “If they can find another place to remain for another three or four months, it will be tremendously useful to the system.”
The electricity grid in Ukraine has been harmed to practically half by Russian strikes.
As the temperature drops for winter, millions of people are without electricity.
Due to Russia’s ongoing missile attacks on Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure, scheduled and unscheduled blackouts have grown frequent in several regions.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, said earlier this week that the strikes were “a result” of Ukraine’s failure to engage in negotiations with Russia.
Targeting infrastructure that is used by civilians constitutes a war crime, according to several Western officials.
According to Mr. Timchenko, whose business provides more than 25% of Ukraine’s energy, the system gets less reliable with each Russian attack, and cutting back on electrical use is the only way to keep it operating.
The usage of household equipment like stoves and washing machines has been discouraged by the government.
But because the country’s devastating energy infrastructure is still unable to produce enough electricity to satisfy demand, any effort to cut back on use, including leaving, should be considered as aiding Ukraine in its fight against Russia, according to Mr. Timchenko.
“If you consume less, hospitals that treat injured warriors will always have power. This explains how they can help other people by cutting back on their consumption or quitting.”
After several defeats on the battlefield, including a significant Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region and territorial advances in the south of the nation, which eventually resulted in the recovery of the city of Kherson, Russia’s strikes against infrastructure accelerated.
There are worries that millions of people would go through the winter without heat or electricity has given that some areas of Ukraine have already seen below-freezing temperatures.
Blackouts have often only lasted a few hours up until this point, but additional Russian attacks could cause them to last longer. It is getting harder to repair the broken infrastructure.
“Unfortunately we have run out of equipment and spare parts… That’s why we appeal to our partners, government officials, companies, and equipment producers to help us with the immediate supply of available equipment,” Mr. Timchenko said.
Russia’s historical ties with Ukraine – including in developing its energy system – are also proving a problem.
They used to be comrades, but now Mr. Timchenko declared them to be rivals. They educate the Russian military personnel with all this information, set extremely specific goals, and have an extensive understanding of our power plants or infrastructure.
Despite the challenges, Ukrainian engineers continue to risk their lives while working in some of the most hazardous areas of the nation to reconnect towns and cities to the grid.
The Kherson railway station was the first structure in the city to have electricity, according to a statement from the Ukrainian defense ministry early on Saturday.