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A total blackout in Ukraine is possible, but Ukrainians would unlikely flee en masse, says Kuleba

A total blackout in Ukraine: Kuleba estimated the chances and consequences. Photo: NASA

A total blackout in Ukraine: Kuleba estimated the chances and consequences. Photo: NASA

Given the current realities of the Russo-Ukrainian war, a total power outage of Ukraine is a quite realistic scenario. Ukraine's foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said this in an interview with the German broadcaster ARD.

At the same time, he said he was sure that a blackout wouldn’t force Ukrainians to flee from Ukraine. They would rather relocate to the countryside for some time, where houses can be heated with firewood.

The minister emphasized that under the conditions of constant missile strikes on energy facilities, Ukraine also needs non-military aid, especially power generators and transformers.

Context. On December 12 morning, the Ukrainian energy system was still experiencing a significant power deficit. During the last week alone, it suffered three attacks by the Russian occupation army. On December 5, there was a massive missile attack, followed by two local artillery and drone attacks in the east and south of the country on the weekend.

Furthermore, the storms that raged in Ukraine on December 11 and 12 caused more problems for power engineers. Dozens of towns and villages in the Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Lviv regions were left without power because of snow and a strong wind.

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