Worst-case scenario occurs: Ukraine sees harsh winter and siege coming

View of the Motherland Monument in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

Ukraine is gearing up for another winter in Russia’s shadow and is building up fuel reserves. According to the British Ministry of Defense TheTelegraph according to an intelligence report, the country’s efforts to secure these reserves should bear fruit despite the pressures of war. The ministry’s report highlights that Ukraine activated its mining sector to ensure a steady supply of coal during the winter.

While it’s likely that Russia will continue its attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure this winter season, the UK Defense Intelligence report says loudly TheTelegraphthat Ukraine has the capacity and know-how to effectively manage its power grid even under wartime conditions. In the winter of 2022-2023, Russian forces made every effort to severely damage Ukraine’s power grid. However, according to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, 80% of the affected networks and stations have been repaired.

Fear of further attacks on the power grid

According to the country’s energy minister, last November’s missile attack by Russia, which fired around 100 missiles at Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, was the fiercest since the war began. Nevertheless, according to the minister, most of the damaged thermal power plants could be restored. Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov pointed out that Ukraine’s power grid will technically be 100% operational by the start of the heating season on October 1. However, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, head of the state energy supplier, warned that there could be repeated rocket and drone attacks on the infrastructure, as he also said in the TheTelegraph was quoted.



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