LUGANSK, November 28. /TASS/. Ukraine’s National Energy Company Ukrenergo has reported to the Defense Ministry about the difficult situation in the country’s energy sector, Andrey Marochko, an officer with the Lugansk People’s Republic’s (LPR) People’s Militia, said, citing LPR intelligence, including the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s document containing the details of Ukrenergo’s concerns and proposals.
"The energy situation in some regions is close to catastrophic due to Russian missile strikes on power facilities," the document reads. "Some regions lost more than 60% of their energy capacities," Ukrenergo added. According to the company, any further deterioration of the situation may "destabilize the regions, particularly sparking protests among the population."
The lack of skilled maintenance teams and a shortage of components for repairing energy facilities are creating additional hardships, as well as the fact that some businessmen are trying to bypass restrictions by illegally connecting to power lines, the company added. In this regard, Ukrenergo suggested the Defense Ministry organize patrols of energy facilities by territorial defense units and police.
Ukrenergo also suggests creating awareness among local residents of the need to overcome temporary difficulties. In addition, according to the company, there is a need to arrange the training of qualified energy workers and engage them in repair activities, exempting them from mobilization.