Invaders attack the nodes connecting generating capacities with the power grid

October 23, 2022

The Russian armed forces attack the nodes that connect various generating capacities with Ukraine’s energy system, trying to destroy the link between the capacities and the electricity transmission network.

Maksym Bielawski, the leading expert of energy programmes at Razumkov Centre, said this in the "Naspravdi" programme.

"Russian energy engineers actually help the Russian military to attack critical infrastructure facilities, causing a humanitarian disaster. The enemy targets the nodes and equipment that connect different types of generating capacities with the energy system of Ukraine in order to destroy this connection between the capacities and the network through which electricity is transmitted," said Bielawski.

According to him, such damage occurred mainly at thermal generation facilities. In his opinion, the Russians in this way seek to undermine the regulating capacity of Ukraine's energy system.

"That is, in fact, they are trying to deprive Ukraine's energy system of the opportunity to respond to demand when industrial enterprises or consumers wish to increase electricity consumption," Bielawski explained.

At the same time, he noted, the nodal connections between nuclear generation and the power system are also damaged. Most likely, the expert noted, the goal of these actions is to cut the Ukrainian energy system from the base power generated by nuclear power plants.

"In this way, the enemy tried to hinder stable operation of nuclear power plants and possibly provoke an emergency situation. But he did not succeed," the expert emphasised.


Maksym Bielawski

Leading Expert, Energy Programmes

Born in 1986 in Zhytomyr oblast


Zhytomyr State Technological University (2008)

Ph.D in Technical Science (2010)

Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas (2012)

Author of 17 patents and 100 scientific works

Work Experience:

2008 – 2011 — Operator of Gas Infrastructure Units, Controller of Gas Transmission System in Rivne Division of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2011 – 2017 — Leading Engineer, Deputy Head of Press-Service, Head of Public Relation Department of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2017 – 2018 — HR Director of PJSC "Maine Gas Pipelines of Ukraine", Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine

2021 — Director of Integrated Communications of NJSC "Naftogaz of Ukraine"