OLENA ROSHCHINA — TUESDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2022, 22:35
Around 30% of energy infrastructure in Ukraine has been hit by Russian missiles since Monday, 10 October, Ukraine's Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said Tuesday.
Source: Herman Halushchenko in an interview with CNN
Details: According to the minister, "for the first time since the beginning of the war," Russia has "dramatically targeted" the energy infrastructure.
Halushchenko said that one of the reasons is that the export of Ukrainian electricity to Europe "helps European countries save on Russian gas and coal."
He added that Ukraine is trying to "quickly restore supplies from other sources."
Answering a question about whether Ukraine will receive additional energy from Europe, Halushchenko said that this is "one of the options under consideration."
The minister noted that Ukraine's energy system is "still stable," but called on partners to provide "air defence systems that could really help us protect our infrastructure."
"We are sending the following message to our partners: we need to protect the sky. Russians are not playing some games with international laws. They don’t care about any kind of international agreements or conventions."
On 10-11 October, Russia launched massive missile attacks on critical infrastructure facilities, namely the energy sector, in the capital and various oblasts of Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities have called on people across the country to "restrict" energy use.
The Ministry of Defence of Russia stated that the targets of attacks are not only Ukrainian military, but also civilian energy facilities.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted that this is revenge for the explosion on the Crimean (Kerch) bridge, which the Russian authorities blame on the Ukrainian secret services.