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Putin’s New Ukraine War Plan: Kill the Electric Grid

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T-90 tank diagram. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

10 Million People In Ukraine Have No Power: Russian strikes in Ukraine, specifically targeting the country’s energy infrastructure, have left more than 10 million Ukrainian civilians without access to power. The troubling developments come as Ukraine’s temperatures plummet.

Ukrenergo, the country’s electricity transmission system operator, confirmed in a statement that Russian missile strikes, along with an increase in demand, have resulted in frequent blackouts.

“Due to a dramatic drop in temperature, electricity consumption is increasing daily in those regions of Ukraine where power supply has already been restored after massive missile strikes on November 15 on the energy infrastructure,” a statement revealed.

“This complicates the already difficult situation in the energy system.”

How Ukraine Is Dealing With It

As a result, Ukrenergo was forced to implement strategic blackouts, designed to prevent users from draining what is left of the country’s supply of energy.

The move was described as a “necessary measure” to preserve the stability of the nation’s energy system. Ukrenergo also announced that workers were working around the clock to restore all infrastructure damaged in Russian strikes.

Power is also reserved for the most essential purposes, with street lights switched off in many parts of major cities like Kyiv. Local people have reportedly resorted to using flashlights or their cell phones to navigate the city at night.

Traffic lights have also been switched off in some parts of the country, normally during times of the day when the roads are less busy. Ukraine is adapting, but the scale of the damage may ultimately prove too much for many people still living in Ukraine.

Russia Disabled Nearly Half Of Ukraine’s Energy Infrastructure

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shymal said on Friday that almost half of the country’s energy infrastructure has been disabled by Russian missile and drone strikes. Shymal also revealed how much of the damage was caused in a single day, when around 100 Russian missiles hit Ukrainian cities all over the country on November 15.

Russia’s tactic of targeting energy infrastructure emerged in early October after procuring hundreds of Iranian drones and missiles. Russian forces began directing missiles at Ukrainian power plants and substations, interrupting the flow of electricity to homes and businesses.

A combination of Russian missile strikes and the shutting down of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which means a loss of six gigawatts of generation capacity, means Ukraine is facing a tough winter.

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Russian President Putin. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

As the weather gets colder, and if Russia continues these strikes, Ukraine may see the largest outflow of refugees since the first months of the Russian invasion.

Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. 

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Friend

    November 19, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Electric has long been connected to the grid of the EU. You could go full power 24/7 at any time in Ukraine but increasing peak consumption is not worth the extra price for Ukraine. In fact, if you had 3 hour blackouts in the UK, you could slash your energy bills by 50% or more.
    Now that peace talks are off the table since Russia can legally only make peace in return for paying hundreds of billions in war reparations, i’d expect them to announce full mobilization and attempt an ethnic cleansing in Ukraine
    Of course, in that case, Ukraine and Poland would just attack Germany, Hungary, and the Netherlands instead, and have those fuckers fight russia for a change, because we know that the only NATO most eastern and the only real defense line is France.
    Everything east of that is on the table. How could we forget what brought about the fall of the Roman Empire.
    In extension of that scenario, Ukraine and Poland would probably align with russia, since russia’s only goal is to wreck the U.S. not really to kill the Poles and the Ukrainians, and it knows it needs Europe for that same goal. Russia would concede to get rid of Putin and the hardline KGB as well as as recognize its allies and work with them as equals.
    Your brain dead strategists would let you know once a rifle barrel comes up at your door. They have vaults, you know.

  2. Dr. Scooter Van Neuter

    November 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Only an evil thug would purposely inflict unthinkable hardship and pain upon millions of innocent men, women, and children.
    Putin again confirms he is a lawless punk deserving of elimination.

  3. TheDon

    November 19, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Hopefully the US decides to provide long range missiles to return the favor.
    A few steath fighters to close the deal.
    And on to crimea before belarus.
    Putin should hang.
    Theres no gain here.
    The Ukrainians dont want Russian control.
    Even if they take the country they dont have enough men to hold it and will suffer continued casualties.
    The repair, no income, will decimate Russian economy.
    All I see is Russian generals scared to do what Ukraine is doing, opposing Putin.

  4. Hitprem singh

    November 20, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Innocent civilian population is being butchered and held to ransom, just because they want to stay democratic and not be subdued by an autocratic …..god help these innocent but brave souls

  5. Joe

    November 20, 2022 at 10:43 am

    God help you, all of us, Putin is no different than Hitler. If he can’t conquer, he will try to burn Ukraine, Russia, perhaps the planet, to the ground. God helps those who help themselves. We better wake up, we are dealing with a monster.

  6. Jack

    November 20, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    The US did the same thing in Iraq. Of course, they weren’t white, so that’s ok , right ?

    When the US acts like Hitler and kills 1 millions Iraqis, hundreds of thousands of Libyans, another million Afghans, that’s ok, right ? What about the 1 million Vietnamese ?

    Before accusing others of acting like Hitler, look in the mirror: it’s you.

  7. Dennis

    November 26, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    So I understand that you people believe that 155mm shells are okay for crowd control when used on the Donbass and Lugansk, but not against Nazis and Stepan Bandera fans. Nice distinction that. Not sure how it would go over in a Nuremberg style trial, but propaganda does not care about logic or truth.

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