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The damage inflicted on the energy system of Ukraine by Russian missile strikes is more than 70 billion hryvnias (about $1.9 billion). Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal gave such an assessment at a government meeting.
According to him, 70 repair teams, or more than a thousand specialists, are currently working on the restoration of Ukrenergo networks. Rolling blackouts continue across the country as part of the work. At the same time, Shmyhal noted, emergency shutdowns due to the onset of frost and increased consumption of electricity by citizens are not ruled out.
The prime minister also explained why some cities in Ukraine can be cut off from electricity more often than others.
“To put it simply and briefly, between the station that produces electricity and our homes as end consumers, there are substations and networks that transport electricity. Russian terrorists are attacking precisely these objects. Therefore, it is impossible to transport a large amount of electricity to individual regions or districts. Therefore, restrictions occur unevenly across the country,” he explained.
Earlier, Shmyhal said that Russian shelling disabled almost 50% of Ukraine’s energy system.
The Russian Defense Ministry has been carrying out regular missile strikes on military and energy facilities in Ukraine since October 10. According to the estimates of the Ukrainian authorities, the most massive blow to the country’s energy sector since the beginning of the war was inflicted by the Russian army on November 15.
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