Days of attacks have caused Ukraine to lose about 40% of its power-generating capacity, forcing the country to issue nationwide scheduled blackouts. Oleksandr Kharchenko, Ukraine’s energy minister, said that infrastructure and generating capacities have been seriously damaged from several Russian missile and drone attacks, according to CNN.
The New York Times reports the past 10 days have seen more Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy system than the last eight months of the war. However, that isn’t stopping Ukraine from persevering.
Ukrainians have been ordered by the government to conserve energy from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and to minimize electricity use. They have also been encouraged to make sure their phones are charged, as well as power banks, and to keep warm socks, flashlights and blankets available, per USA Today.
Russia’s air strikes have destroyed 30% of Ukraine’s power stations, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy voiced concern that as winter approaches and the weather gets colder, Russia will target energy facilities, according to The Guardian.
Citizens are gathering firewood, and some have been warned to evacuate, since gas and water in some regions won’t likely be able to be restored before winter sets in, PBS NewsHour reports.