A winter of depression is looming more than ever on Europe, which was hoping on cheap electricity from Ukraine to come through the freezing season… Now, Ukraine is announcing it is stopping exports of electricity to the European Union as of October 11th. Bad is not the word… This decision is like a nuclear bomb for the European countries…
Around 30% of energy infrastructure in Ukraine has been hit by Russian missiles since Monday, 10 October, Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said Tuesday.
According to the minister, “for the first time since the beginning of the war,” Russia has “dramatically targeted” the energy infrastructure.
He said one reason is because Ukrainian electricity exports to Europe “helps European countries to save on Russian gas and coal,” adding that Ukraine is trying “to reconnect quickly from the other sources.”
The Ukrainian energy ministry said it will halt exports of electricity to the European Union following Russian missile strikes on energy infrastructure on Monday.
“Today’s missile strikes, which hit the thermal generation and electrical substations, forced Ukraine to suspend electricity exports from Oct. 11, 2022 to stabilize its own energy system,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.
On Monday, the Ukrainian government urged people across the country to “limit” their energy use. Asked whether Ukraine would receive extra energy from Europe, Halushchenko said that was “one of the options on the table.”
The minister said that the Ukrainian energy system “is still stable,” but called on partners to provide “air protection systems which really could help us to protect our infrastructure.”
“We send this message to our partners: we need to protect the sky,” he said. “Russians they are not playing on some games on international laws. They don’t care about any kind of international agreements or conventions.”
- On 10-11 October, Russia launched massive missile attacks on critical infrastructure facilities, namely the energy sector, in the capital and various oblasts of Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities have called on people across the country to “restrict” energy use.
- The Ministry of Defence of Russia stated that the targets of attacks are not only Ukrainian military, but also civilian energy facilities.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted that this is revenge for the explosion on the Crimean (Kerch) bridge, which the Russian authorities blame on the Ukrainian secret services.
Prepare now! Stock up on Iodine tablets for the next nuclear disaster…
The Russian defense ministry on Tuesday confirmed it’s targeting Ukrainian military and energy facilities in attacks. [Yahoo]