Ukraine energy chief urges people to find ‘alternative place to stay’
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Ukraine’s energy chief has suggested that civilians should leave Kyiv this winter if they want to offer help to the country in dealing with the crippling energy crisis, a news report has claimed. Maksym Tymchenko, chief executive of DTEK, said Ukraine cannot supply enough heat and power for all of its population to survive winter because Russian missile attacks had destroyed key infrastructure.
The damage comes as temperatures drop below freezing and the capital Kyiv experiences its first winter snow.
One official in Kyiv warned that the city could face a “complete shutdown” of its power grid.
President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier said that 10million Ukrainians have been left without power.
Mr Tymchenko told BBC: “If they can find an alternative place to stay for another three or four months, it will be very helpful to the system.
“If you consume less, then hospitals with injured soldiers will have guaranteed power supply.
“This is how it can be explained that by consuming less or leaving, they also contribute to other people.”
In his video address on Friday night, Mr Zelensky said “the difficult situation with energy supply persists in a total of 17 regions and in the capital”, but added that there were “significantly fewer emergency shutdowns” during the day as energy industry workers were racing to restore power.
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal told a news conference on Friday: “Unfortunately Russia continues to carry out missile strikes on Ukraine’s civilian and critical infrastructure.
“Almost half of our energy system is disabled.”
Mr Tymchenkos said that “the situation is getting worse”.
He added: “Unfortunately, after each attack we have less and less reliable and stable energy system. That’s reality.”
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The Government has urged people to save energy by reducing the use of domestic appliances such as ovens, washing machines, electric kettles and irons.
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