Ukraine to Allies: "We Need Lightbulbs"
As winter approaches, Russian attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure could spell disaster
Ahead of winter, Ukraine is calling on its allies to help supply them with 50 million lightbulbs, as Russian forces continue to target and attack key energy infrastructure, leaving millions without power.
Energy Crisis in Ukraine
- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy argued that securing Ukraine’s energy needs is crucial in order to stand firm against Russian aggression.
Zelenskyy said that generators are "as necessary in Ukraine as armoured vehicles and bulletproof vests", particularly as extreme cold grips most of the country during the winter months.
- 12 million people are currently disconnected from the electrical grid in Ukraine. This includes hospitals, schools, and social services that are relying on generators to keep serving the populace.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said "in these times of suffering and darkness, it is so important to bring light to Ukraine," in regards to the EU commitment to send 30 million LED, energy-efficient bulbs to the besieged nation.
- Zelenskyy estimated that it would cost $1.59 billion dollars to repair the energy grid and is calling on allies for assistance. France has pledged over $400 million.
Observers have claimed that Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s vital infrastructure amounts to a war crime.
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