Ukraine’s energy grid is breaking faster than it can secure spare parts

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The EU is working to help Ukraine obtain spare parts for its energy infrastructure, which has been the target of intense Russian missile attacks.

“After the cascades of missile attacks, the need for spare parts is so great that there is no more storage available to deliver them on site,” Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said during a briefing. a visit to Ukraine on Tuesday.

“The biggest challenge is not just funding. It’s about finding the equipment, and here we can help you,” she told Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko in Kyiv.

In recent days, Russia has targeted combined heat and power plants, as well as transmission lines and outdoor transformers, according to Ms Simson.

The EU has the option of transferring electricity to Ukraine, which halted its own exports to Europe on October 10 due to Russian attacks. But there are limits to such transfers, the commissioner said.

“That is why the most urgent challenge is to restore the transmission lines inside Ukraine,” Ms Simson said.

Director General of the Ukrainian national network Volodymyr Kudrytskyi told the British newspaper on Tuesday The Guardian that relentless Russian bombardment had hit “virtually all” of the country’s non-nuclear power plants.

Mr Kudrytskyi described the situation as “critical” and accused Russia of deliberately targeting Ukraine’s electricity system to cause a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

Power cuts across Ukraine have become common.

Mr. Kudrytskyi also said AFP that the deluge of strikes that occurred from October 10 to 12 was “the biggest attack on an energy system in European history”.

The attacks forced Ukraine to stop exporting electricity to the EU, hitting the small country of Moldova the hardest. Neighboring Romania has agreed to step in and sell Moldovan electricity at a reduced price.

Updated: November 02, 2022, 11:51 a.m.

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