A total blackout in Ukraine is only theoretically possible, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said on Ukrainian national television on Jan. 1.
“Our power grid has been operating under constant systematic shelling for almost three months,” he said.
“Therefore, there is already a set of technical solutions that ensure the stability of its work. This also applies to electricity generation and transmission. I’m sure the power system will hold up even under further possible strikes.”
According to the minister, actions have been taken for the physical protection of energy facilities, as well as balancing the energy system. They are proving their effectiveness, although a total blackout in Ukraine is still theoretically possible, he added.
Halushchenko also predicted that blackouts in Ukraine would continue until the end of the heating season, but blackout schedules should become more regular.
“Our main goal is to make blackouts scheduled and predictable, so that consumers clearly understand when power will be cut off, and distribution operators adhere to blackout schedules,” the minister said.
Russia has been waging a full-scale war against Ukraine for more than 10 months, since Feb. 24. The invaders are shelling Ukrainian cities in all regions, targeting residential buildings, hospitals, and civilian infrastructure.
The Russian invaders have been striking critical infrastructure facilities since October, including with the use of Iranian-made Shahed kamikaze drones, which has led to power outages and a significant power deficit in Ukraine’s energy system.