Ukraine expects Russian strikes on energy system to grow

Ukraine expects Russian strikes on energy system to grow

FILE PHOTO – Mykhailo Podolyak, a political adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, receives questions from a member of the media after a meeting with Russian negotiators in Istanbul, Turkey March 29, 2022. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

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KYIV, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Tuesday it feared Russia would step up attacks on its energy system to turn the screws on Kyiv this winter after a series of strikes that caused blackouts, and that it was pleading with Western powers for air defence technology to avert this. A series of strikes on Ukraine’s power and heating infrastructure caused widespread blackouts in several eastern regions.

“We expect such attacks to increase and are prepared for different scenarios,” Mykhailo Podolyak, senior presidential adviser, told Reuters.

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Podolyak added that Ukrainians should be prepared for problems with power and heat this winter. The east European country often sees temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) in the cold months.

“Ukraine is expecting its difficult moment from the moment it regained its independence (in 1991),” Podolyak told Reuters.

Podolyak said Ukraine had been asking its foreign allies for air defence systems to protect vital infrastructure since the beginning of Moscow’s invasion, but expressed frustration at the lack of supply.

“The ball is in the court of our partners,” he said.

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Reporting by Max Hunder
Editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis

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