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Ukrainian energy systems on brink of collapse after weeks of Russian bombing

By David L. Stern

23 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure is causing a humanitarian disaster, and it will likely lead to a new exodus of Ukrainian refugees this winter. The Washington Post reports.

KYIV, Ukraine - After just six weeks of intense bombing of energy infrastructure, Russia has battered Ukraine to the brink of a humanitarian disaster this winter as millions of people potentially face life-threatening conditions without electricity, heat or running water.

As the scope of damage to Ukraine's energy systems has come into focus in recent days, Ukrainian and Western officials have begun sounding the alarm but are also realizing they have limited recourse. Ukraine's Soviet-era power system cannot be fixed quickly or easily. In some of the worst-hit cities, there is little officials can do other than to urge residents to flee - raising the risk of economic collapse in Ukraine and a spillover refugee crisis in neighboring European countries.

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