As Ukraine grapples with an energy crisis, the country will need to prioritize electricity supply, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
“The first priority is critical infrastructure, especially water and heat supply facilities and hospitals,” Shmyhal told a government meeting. “The second priority is the military-industrial complex – facilities that work for the defense of the state. The principle ‘Everything for the front’ remains absolutely unchanged.”
He said the third priority is for businesses that produce essential products – for example, bakeries and dairies. And the residential sector was fourth.
Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, CEO of state power producer Ukrenergo, said repairs were continuing after the latest wave of Russian missile attacks on Monday.
Kudrytskyi said substations in southern Ukraine and power plants were damaged.
“Several power stations were forced to stop producing electricity after the damage. Now we are gradually trying to restore production at the thermal power stations, to bring them back to the levels that existed on the eve of the last attack.”
Kudrytskyi said that since October 10, more than 1,000 missiles and heavy drones have been fired at energy infrastructure. The main electricity supply difficulties are currently in the Odessa region, the Kherson region and the Kharkiv region.
Nuclear generation has provided just over half of Ukraine’s needs in the recent past, but Kudrytskyi said the country needs other types of power generation.
“There is not a single thermal power plant in Ukraine that has not been damaged by the attacks,” he said. “Similarly, almost all hydroelectric plants have suffered damage and have limited capacity to generate electricity.”
He said that as repairs continue, he hopes the country can move to planned outages in the coming days. Much of Ukraine has also suffered emergency power cuts in recent weeks.
Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said more Russian infrastructure targeting could be expected, and energy supplies could also be affected by severe frosts.
“Ukraine has already received electrical equipment worth millions of euros. Our task today is not only to use this equipment for quick restoration work, but also to build up a stock of ‘equipment that might be urgently needed after the next bombardment,’ he said.