Mayor Klitschko says situation with Kyiv’s infrastructure is critical

17 January, 03:45 PM
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko (Photo:Valentyn Ogirenko \ Reuters)

Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko (Photo:Valentyn Ogirenko \ Reuters)

Kyiv’s energy grid could collapse at any second due to the combination of Russia’s sporadic missile attacks with freezing winter temperatures, the Reuters news agency quoted Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and his brother, Wladimir Klitschko, as saying on Jan. 16.

“It’s pretty cold in Ukraine right now, so living without electricity and heating is almost impossible,” Mayor Klitschko said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

“The situation is critical. We’re fighting to survive.”

According to the mayor, there is currently a 30% deficit of energy generation in the capital.

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“We’re not talking about a collapse (just now), but it could happen ... at any second (because) Russian missiles could destroy our critical infrastructure in Kyiv,” he said.

In turn, the mayor’s brother Wladimir Klitschko said, “it’s important not to delay giving us the weapons that we so much need, but to deliver them, the sooner the better, otherwise we will continue to lose our infrastructure and most importantly our best men.”

According to Reuters, former world heavyweight boxing champions Vitaliy and Wladimir are part of a broader high-level business and political Ukrainian delegation attending the WEF summit.

Beata Javorcik, chief economist for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), said one top international priority was to help Ukraine get through the winter with as much of its economy intact as possible.

“The challenge is that even if military activity is limited geographically, the destruction of infrastructure makes it difficult for businesses to function,” she told Reuters.

The recent Russian missile strike on Ukraine on Jan. 14 caused an increase in the electricity deficit in the Ukrainian power grid.

Limits on power consumption are now in place in every oblast of Ukraine.

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