Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s energy operator, announced on Thursday that the Ukrainian electricity grid is in a ‘difficult’ situation since Wednesday and has requested emergency supplies from Romania, Slovakia, and Poland, according to AFP.
“Today, electricity consumption continues to rise, and the energy system is in deficit,” Ukrenergo reported in a Telegram post, according to AFP.
“The situation remains difficult on Thursday, with a continuous electricity deficit, Ukrenergo conveyed, adding that “repairs are underway in several thermal power plant units.”
The energy deficit is caused by increased consumption due to the cold weather, placing an additional burden on power plants, explained the Ukrainian national operator.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated in early October that Russia would attempt to “destroy” his country’s electricity system this winter.
To counter this threat, Kyiv is asking its Western allies for new air defense systems. On Wednesday evening, Zelensky announced the creation of a “coalition for the development of Ukraine’s air defense,” with France and Germany expected to be the main contributors.