A difficult winter and warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe are looming on Ukraine’s horizon
Ukraine’s government yesterday urged its citizens to save energy in the face of relentless Russian attacks that halved the capacity of the country’s electricity grid, while the United Nations World Health Organization warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine this winter. Authorities said millions of Ukrainians, including residents of the capital Kyiv, could face power outages until at least the end of March due to the rocket attacks that have caused massive damage, according to Ukraine’s National Energy Corporation.
Ukraine experienced unusually mild temperatures this autumn, but temperatures are beginning to drop below zero and temperatures are expected to reach -20 degrees Celsius or even lower in some areas during the winter months.
For his part, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko said that the day before yesterday Ukraine received a lot of financial assistance from the European Union worth $2.57 billion.
In Washington, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said he would begin disbursing $4.5 billion in US economic aid to Ukraine in the coming weeks to improve its economic stability.
Russia is attacking Ukrainian power plants after Russian forces withdrew from the southern city of Kherson to the east bank of the Dnipro River, which flows through the center of the country.
“Rationalization of power supply remains of great importance,” Prime Minister Denis Shmihal said yesterday via the Telegram application, adding that all regions are experiencing planned power outages and in some situations it is possible to cut power due to emergencies such as frost attacks and power consumption began to increase.
“The health system in Ukraine has had difficult days since the beginning of the crisis until now,” said Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, in a statement after his visit to Ukraine. “Ukraine is now a victim of the energy crisis.”
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