Last winter, Russia launched sustained attacks on key infrastructure in Ukraine, leaving citizens without heat and electricity for months. Kiev expects more attacks on the electricity grid in the coming months, especially now that temperatures are falling and Ukrainians need more energy to heat their homes.
But Energy Minister Herman Haloshenko insists that Ukraine will respond just as forcefully if Russia decides to intensify its attacks next winter. “In response, we will follow the same approach and attack their energy infrastructure,” Haloshenko told Politico.
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“Such attacks will not be very decisive for prices, especially when we talk about gas and oil. I mean, this is the fuel that you cannot buy in Russia. So I am sure the world can handle that,” the minister said. Haloshenko further stressed that That the response from Ukraine would be “only fair.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also said last month that the Russian military would again try to destroy Ukraine’s energy systems this winter. The President stressed that his country will respond strongly.
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