Stromchef warns of cold and deprivation – is a new wave of refugees coming?
Ukrainians should go abroad, otherwise the country will not survive the winter
Russian attacks destroyed half of Ukraine’s power grid. The first snow is here, temperatures below zero. Ukrainians must go abroad, a leading electricity operator is now warning. Otherwise the earth will not survive the winter.
Captured Russian tanks in Kiev – meanwhile, it’s winter in Ukraine with the first snow. Temperatures dropped below zero.
According to the Kyiv government, Russian missile attacks have destroyed roughly half of Ukraine’s energy resources. That’s when winter comes. Temperatures dropped below freezing. The first snow fell this week.
Millions of people live in darkness and freezing cold. According to President Volodymyr Zelensky (44), they are without electricity and heating due to Russia’s “energy terror”. For many people, it’s a matter of survival, warns the head of Ukraine’s largest private electricity supplier. It encourages people to flee abroad. Otherwise the earth will not survive the winter.
“Go if you can”
Maxim Timschenko is the CEO of the Ukrainian energy company Dtek. Targeted Russian attacks have destroyed 50 percent of Ukraine’s electrical infrastructure, Timshchenko warned in an interview with the BBC on Saturday – confirming a figure reported by President Zelensky on Friday.
The population can no longer be supplied with enough heat and electricity to survive the winter, says Timschenko. He is urging civilians to leave the country this winter. Only in this way can Ukraine overcome the energy crisis.
Anyone who can afford it should leave the country for a few months. Energy reserves could then be used where they are most urgent: in hospitals, at important government and command posts, in train transport. “If you find an alternative place where you can stay for another three or four months, it is very useful for the system,” Timshchenko appealed to residents. Those who cannot escape should save electricity – use less household appliances such as ovens and washing machines.
The situation is getting “worse”
“The situation is getting worse and worse,” Timshchenko said. “Unfortunately, after each attack, we have less and less reliable and stable energy systems.” When you leave the country, you can contribute to other people. In this way, the supply of the hospitals is guaranteed to take care of the wounded soldiers.
Metropolitan areas such as Kyiv and Odessa are now experiencing emergency power outages. The authorities have also set up so-called “points of invincibility”: emergency points where people can warm up, eat something warm, drink hot tea and charge their mobile phones.
He fears a new wave of refugees
Earlier this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, 55, said the attacks on Ukraine’s power grid were a “consequence” of Ukraine’s refusal to negotiate with Russia. “The Russians used to be colleagues,” says Timshchenko. “They are enemies now.
Timshenko’s call for fellow citizens to temporarily leave the country follows a similar request by Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko (51) earlier this month. (bag)