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Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

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A view of dark streets as Kyiv faces power outages after Russia launched massive rocket attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure on November 24, in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Andre Luis Alves/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Several Ukrainian officials have warned that the country faces a tough winter but can prevail against Russian missile attacks on its infrastructure.

Maksym Tymchenko, CEO of DTEK, a major electricity company, said he was convinced there was no chance “for the Russians to plunge Ukraine into darkness”.

Still, there was a power generation deficit and power transmission problems, he told the Kyiv Security Forum on Friday.

In the capital, he said, the company was trying to introduce “continuous controlled blackouts: 3-4 hours of electricity supply, followed by 4 hours of breaks. This situation will continue, we hope, until next week only, if there are no more But we are ready for new attacks.

He said DTEK’s six power plants had been attacked, some multiple times. On Friday, he said, the company managed to bring them all back to the network.

Furthermore, he said, “We managed to accumulate enough coal for the country, not just for our business. We have enough gas storage to use gas for power generation. So we have enough capacity for the whole country. »

The problem, however, was with connections and transmission, Tymchenko said.

“Transformers, substations, high voltage transformers: this is what we lacked and for which we call on our international partners. Some equipment is already on its way to Ukraine,” he said.

Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said last week Kyiv faced an almost total blackout. “There was no heat or water. And about 4,000 utility company workers worked day and night to restore them.”

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told the forum that the coming months would be difficult.

He added: “The enemy still has significant resources, but there are growing signs that they need a break at all costs.”

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