Russian Federation wants to destroy Ukraine's energy sector

April 15, 2024

Russia is trying to destroy the Ukrainian energy system piece by piece, achieving considerable success. But Ukraine is saved from a blackout thanks to energy supplies from Europe and an extensive network of autonomous energy supply systems. The French publication Le Monde writes about it.

The power distribution infrastructure has its own protection means: concrete blocks, sandbags, and sometimes iron nets to deter drones. But such protection does not protect from ballistic missiles, says Volodymyr Omelchenko, an energy expert at the Razumkov Centre think-tank.

However, Volodymyr Omelchenko from Razumkov Centre believes that the energy deficit in the country will only grow from July to next winter. In his opinion, if Ukraine does not receive additional air defence systems for protection from Russian attacks, millions of Ukrainians will have to leave their cities in the south and east next winter.

Volodymyr Omelchenko

Director, Energy Programmes

Born in 1967 in Kyiv

Education: Kyiv Politechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering (1992)

Author of over 50 scientific works and op-ed publications. Took part in development and implementation of international energy projects and scientific research in international energy policy


1992 – 1996 — worked in different positions in the mechanical engineering industry

1997 – 1998 — Head Expert of the Division of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refining Industry of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Naftohaz Ukrayiny National Joint-Stock Company, in Charge of Oil Transportation Section

2004 – 2007 — Chief Consultant at the National Institute of International Security Problems of Ukraine’s NSDC

since February, 2007 — Leading Expert, Razumkov Centre. Director of Energy Programmes since 2013

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