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Putin’s Energy War against Ukrainian Civilians

April 28, 2022 – With so much of Ukraine’s vital infrastructure targeted by Russia, widespread power outages are the norm. It falls to local crews to fix power lines, all the while under fire. Special correspondent Willem Marx and videographer Edward Kiernan report from the town of Orikhiv near the frontlines in southeastern Ukraine.

October 10, 2022 – In one of the largest attacks across Ukraine since the beginning of the war, dozens of Russian missiles struck civilian targets in many cities. Ukraine says at least 14 people were killed and more than 100 wounded. The Kremlin called it retaliation for an explosion on a bridge to Crimea. Igor Zhovkva, Deputy Chief of Staff for President Zelenskyy, joined Nick Schifrin to discuss the attacks.

October 18, 2022 – Ukraine warned Tuesday of an emerging “critical” risk to its electricity grid after multiple Russian air strikes targeted energy facilities across the country. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stating that Moscow’s repeated bombardments had destroyed one-third of the country’s power facilities as winter approaches.

October 19, 2022 – Russia has unleashed a barrage of missile and drone strikes on civilian areas of Ukraine in recent days, with one of President Putin’s key targets being the country’s energy supply. But, critical infrastructure has been central to the war from the start. Using open-source intelligence, Sky’s Data & Forensics correspondent Tom Cheshire has taken a look at attacks on some of Ukraine’s major power plants.

October 20, 2022 – Ukraine enters a new phase of the war as winter approaches with the county’s power grid already strained. Following Russian attacks on key Ukrainian infrastructure, the country may need to brace for electricity shortages as they work to restore energy facilities. “We’re not just talking about the power stations, we’re talking about the interconnectedness of a grid,” CNBC News Senior International Correspondent Hadley Gamble says.

October 21, 2022 – The war in Ukraine has impacted alliances and tensions between countries around the world. After Ukraine was hit by Russian “kamikaze” drones, allegedly supplied by Iran, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for more international help. In particular, Ukraine is looking for help from Israel.

But it is complicated. Israel has its own “tight relationship” with Russia, but is also a long-time foe of Iran. Countries are having to strike the balance between their individual friendships and foes with one another. For the West, it’s how it balances helping Ukraine, and avoids provoking Russia.

October 23, 2022 – Russia has launched a “new massive strike” targeting Ukraine’s energy grid, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said. He added that the attacks were on a “very wide” scale, hitting regions in Ukraine’s west, center, south and east.

In an evening address, President Zelenskyy said power had been restored in multiple areas where it had been cut off. Officials had said earlier on Saturday that nearly 1.5 million households had been left without electricity. President Zelenskyy added that most of the Russian missiles and drones were being shot down, and such strikes would not stop a Ukrainian military advance.

November 16, 2022

November 18, 2022 – Ukraine said Friday that almost half of its power infrastructure was in need of repair after weeks of Russian attacks that have disrupted electricity supplies to millions as temperatures plunge. Russia meanwhile accused Kyiv’s forces of executing a group of its soldiers who were surrendering to Ukraine in what Moscow described as a “massacre” that amounted to a war crime. FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Ukraine tells us more.

November 23, 2022 – Russian missiles knocked out electricity in the Kyiv region and elsewhere across the country, causing widespread blackouts.

November 25, 2022 – Amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia has targeted Ukrainian energy centers. Water services have also been ‘suspended’ in Kyiv. Ukraine is bracing for a dark, harsh winter as it battles to restore power and water.

November 26, 2022 – Ukraine is trying to restore electricity as temperatures drop across the country and Russia escalates its missile attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure and power grid. CBS News correspondent Chris Livesay has the latest.

December 8, 2022 – As temperatures plunge in Ukraine, the war is entering a new and brutal phase. Russia’s attacks on critical infrastructure amount to weaponizing winter. As Ukrainian civilians shelter in bombed-out houses without power and water and soldiers in flooded trenches face heavy shelling.

What will it take for one side or the other to gain advantage as fighting slows and conditions worsen We’re asking: Russia vs. Ukraine: Who is better equipped for the winter war? Our guests: Ulrike Franke, (European Council on Foreign Relations), Nico Lange (Munich Security Conference), Thomas Wiegold (freelance journalist and military expert).

00:00 Opener
01:30 War in winter
03:30 Fighting will continue in winter
05:00 Will Russians or Ukrainians be more resilient in winter?
07:50 Morale in war
10:00 War tactics in winter
11:50 Full-fledged drone warfare?
12.45: The risk of escalation
15:20 Who has the advantage when it comes to drones?
16:20 Will EU sanctions choke off Russia’s access?
18:00 Russia still has a lot of weapons
21:40 Will the West sustain support if winter is tough?
23.30 Is Germany doing enough?

December 9, 2022 – “If [Putin] thinks being without water, electricity and heat can break us, that means that he did not learn anything about us at all over the last ten months.” Ukrainians are treating power outages “not as a tragedy but as a challenge,” Ukrainian MP Kira Rudik tells TimesRadio.

December 12, 2022 – Electricity has become one of the defining battlegrounds of the war in Ukraine. As the temperature has dropped below freezing, Russia has launched wave after wave of missile attacks against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

The aim: to crush the morale of the people of Ukraine and force them to sue for peace. FRANCE 24’s Robert Parsons, Pauline Godart and Raid Abu Zaideh have been to the newly liberated parts of Mykolaiv and Kherson regions, where Ukrainian electricians are battling to restore power.

December 13, 2022 – The cold will not let up. Neither will the fighting. As a conference for Ukraine brings allies and investors to Paris, Russia continues to pound critical infrastructure. How to talk rebuilding when Moscow’s still destroying? We ask our panel where priorities lie, who pays for what and at what point national security interests trump trade and business as usual.

December 14, 2022 – It’s all about what Ukraine needs, says U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk. The head of Washington’s delegation to a public-private investment conference in Paris tells François Picard about the logistics of repairing critical infrastructure in the wake of Russia’s repeated targeting of the power grid.

December 15, 2022 – Since the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, what constitutes as ‘victory’ in Russia’s war has changed for Vladimir Putin, as battlefield failures mount across the country. Gaining ground in the Donbas and across Eastern Ukraine is all the more important to Moscow. It’s where the bloodiest battles have been fought.

The communities who live next to the frontline are caught in the crossfire, with constant shelling and increasingly difficult conditions, as power outages increase and the temperature drops as winter sets in. Filmmaker Jack Losh spent two weeks with the firefighters of Toretsk, in Donbass, close to the line of Russian control. They’ve become reluctant experts in battlefield first aid, and the delicate task of negotiating with people who don’t want to leave their homes. You may find some of the images in this report upsetting.

December 16, 2022 – Russia is targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. Can Ukrainians survive these harsh conditions? Will people leave Ukraine now that the winter is harsh and Ukrainian cities are bombed? Will another wave of refugees flow into Poland?

December 19, 2022 – Kyiv says it shot down several drones on Monday as it works to restore power after previous strikes. Ukraine has been working to restore power to Kyiv after an attack on Friday damaged energy facilities. Friday’s attack was one of the biggest since war began and plunged multiple cities into darkness. Millions of people across Ukraine have had no heating or running water after Russian strikes.

December 23, 2022 – Ukrainian energy authorities have told Sky News that Russian attempts to destroy the country’s energy infrastructure will fail after weeks of sustained strikes on power plants and substations. NASA satellite imagery shared exclusively with Sky News shows how Moscow’s persistent attacks have caused Ukraine’s light levels to drop dramatically, leaving many areas in the dark. Sky’s Data & Forensics team has analyzed Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy grid and whether it’s working.

December 23, 2022 – Across Ukraine, energy workers have been tasked with the sometimes dangerous job of switching the country’s lights back on. And according to one energy company, more than 106 employees have been killed since the start of the war.

December 24, 2022 – In Ukraine, the bitterly cold reality of daily life is setting in, as Russian strikes on the country’s power facilities continue. Across the country, authorities have set up thousands of centers for people to charge their phones, continue to work and perhaps most importantly, to simply warm up. In the dead of winter, DW’s Emmanuelle Chaze reports on ‘the new normal’ to which Ukrainians are adapting.

January 12, 2023 – Utility crews are working to restore power to towns and villages in Ukraine’s liberated Kharkiv region. Workers must carefully avoid minefields to hook up electrical cables. Meanwhile, volunteers are bringing drinking water, fuel, and food to villages cut off by damaged roads and bridges.

January 12, 2023 – Alongside his invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has throttled gas supplies to Europe—but the world has seen energy used as a weapon before. What can the energy shock of 1973 tell us about today’s crisis?

00:00 – Energy wars
02:12 – Oil sanctions don’t work
06:59 – Energy security
11:05 – Alternatives to oil

February 3, 2023 – Ukraine’s engineers have been in constant battle for heat and light, racing to restore electricity and end the energy war after Russia’s attacks on the country’s grid. Since October, when temperatures began to plummet, Russia has been using strikes on Ukraine’s power grid to force the civilian population into submission.

February 19, 2023 – Scott Pelley reports from Ukraine, where he met a resilient and defiant population undeterred by Russia’s attacks.

March 3, 2023 – Millions of Ukrainians have been impacted by disrupted supplies of water, heating and electricity. Yet, Ukraine’s energy sector has persevered. Its grid is stabilising, and energy provider Ukrenergo said there’s been no power deficit in Ukraine for the last 18 days. But Russia’s constant attacks are threatening the surviving energy infrastructure. We spoke with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources, Geoffrey Pyatt, in Washington.

March 24, 2023 – NBC News’ Tom Costello joins Andrea Mitchell with his exclusive reporting on a potential flashpoint between Russia and the West, after he joined a special NATO team on patrol in the North Sea, surveilling key oil and internet infrastructure. “NATO is on guard on patrol and takes this very seriously,” says Costello. “There is a lot of stress and tension up there because they very much are aware that there is this act of Russian activity right there in the North Sea over their oil and gas pipelines, over the internet lines. They are very worried about it.”

July 20, 2023 – Russia has said any ships travelling to Ukraine’s Black Sea ports will be seen as possibly carrying military cargo. Defense and security analyst Professor Michael Clarke says Moscow’s threat is “ridiculous” and that “no one believes it” – but says the motive is to play on the insurance industry which will see no ships sail towards Ukrainian Black Sea ports without damage coverage.