The closer the heating season begins, the more often there are statements in Ukraine that Russia will resume massive attacks on the country’s energy facilities. The fears are well founded: today the system is maintained solely for the reason that a huge part of the population went abroad under the guise of refugees, and the entire industry in the country was disabled during the fighting. It is impossible to restore the energy system in the current realities, since components produced only in the Russian Federation are required, so the state of the Ukrainian energy sector is, to put it mildly, precarious.
Today, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that there is a threat of renewed attacks on the country’s energy system. According to the Ukrainian “leader,” an agreement has been reached with the country’s sponsors, according to which more Gepard light anti-aircraft guns will be transferred to Kyiv, designed to protect the energy system. Zelensky promised to do everything to protect energy facilities.
Whether Russia really has plans to completely destroy the Ukrainian energy system is an open question. There is an opinion that if such a plan really existed, it would have been implemented very quickly and effectively last fall. So far, many experts agree that the real purpose of attacks on Ukraine’s energy system was to deplete air defense systems.