Russia Destroys Ukraine’s Power Grid Before Winter
Source: Investment Monitor
A quarter to one-third of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has been destroyed by Russian missiles, leaving millions of Ukrainians in winter without heat, electricity or water. Since October, Russian missiles and drones have targeted Ukrainian power plants, transformer stations, fuel storage depots, hydroelectric facilities, and nuclear power stations and substations. In the last week of November, Russian missile strikes disabled all of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants at the same time, though Ukrainian officials say they expect the plants to be working again soon.
Ukraine’s national grid, Ukrenergo, warned that the country faces a 30% electricity shortage, as rolling blackouts engulfed the country. The lack of electricity could also endanger other utilities as temperatures drop to below 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit).
American officials pledged $53 million to buy power grid equipment for Ukraine at the recent NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania.