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Ukraine and G7 discuss winter readiness for Ukrainian energy sector

Ukraine and G7 discuss winter readiness for Ukrainian energy sector Illustrative photo (Photo: GettyImages)

Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, met with G7 and other foreign counterparts to discuss the protection and strengthening of Ukraine's energy system during the winter season, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Dmytro Kuleba briefed his colleagues on Ukraine's winter preparations, measures to safeguard energy infrastructure against Russian attacks, bolstering air defense, and ensuring uninterrupted energy system operations.

"Ukraine has made significant efforts to prepare for the upcoming winter and counter threats from Russian terrorists against our energy system. Our preparedness this year surpasses that of the previous year. We express our gratitude to our international partners for their active support in this endeavor. Presently, we must prioritize strengthening Ukraine's air defense and obtaining energy equipment for our power grid," stated the Minister.

The Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs presented several steps to enhance safeguarding Ukraine's critical infrastructure against potential Russian attacks.

"Enhancing our air defense system is the optimal means of averting potential energy system damage. Our team appreciates our partners' support and anticipates the continued expansion of anti-aircraft missile systems, anti-aircraft artillery, anti-drone systems, electronic warfare equipment, and ammunition dedicated to air defense," emphasized Kuleba.

According to Dmytro Kuleba, the second priority is to provide energy equipment such as transformers, gas turbines, and other necessary equipment to promptly restore and strengthen Ukraine's energy system.

Several countries and organizations announced their readiness to provide additional equipment and funding to protect and strengthen Ukraine's energy system during the winter season.

The Minister announced Ukraine's goal of full integration into the European Union's energy market. To achieve this, a decentralized, flexible, and sustainable energy system based on renewable sources will be established.

Protecting Ukrainian energy from Russian shelling

Russia's shelling of Ukrainian energy systems, which began in October of last year, poses a threat to the Ukrainian energy sector. Vadym Skibitskyi, Representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, stated that Russia was able to easily strike Ukraine's energy infrastructure last year due to the limited capabilities of their air defense.

However, with the implementation of a more robust air defense system, it will now be more difficult for the Russians to achieve their objective.

Previously, we reported that the U.S., UK, and Ukraine are collaborating to enhance protections for the Ukrainian energy system against Russian hostilities.