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Russia knocks out the power that's keeping millions of Ukrainians warm

Natalia Drozdiak, Alberto Nardelli and Aliaksandr Kudrytski, Bloomberg News on

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Even as Ukraine’s allies scour their stockpiles, rebuilding the power infrastructure will take a long time, particularly if it’s under continual attack.

“It’s hard to run a modern society on fancy camping equipment,” said Joseph Majkut, the director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ energy security program. “This is a very cruel type of warfare and it portends a hard winter in Ukraine.”

Zelenskyy’s government has repeated a plea for more weapons — particularly anti-aircraft systems — to defend against Moscow’s salvos.

The U.K. late last week pledged it would provide air defense equipment worth £50 million ($60 million,) and the U.S. and Germany have already delivered National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems and an IRIS-T system, respectively.

EU officials, meanwhile, have expressed concern that the devastation to the energy grid may touch off another exodus of refugees to the bloc, in addition to the millions of Ukrainians who’ve already fled abroad to escape the war.

“The Russian strategy now seems to be to make those conditions so extremely horrible that people give in and maybe start putting pressure on the Ukrainian leadership to negotiate some sort of peace,” said Elisabeth Braw, a senior fellow at the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute.


Zelenskyy has ruled out negotiations with Russia until it withdraws forces from all of the country’s territories, including Crimea.


(With assistance from Daryna Krasnolutska.)


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