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  • Statement by Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal at a Government session
    Communications Department of the Secretariat of the CMU, posted 04 October 2022 19:41

    Honorable colleagues, dear Ukrainian citizens!

    Today, the number one objective for the Government is to complete preparations for the heating season. Despite all the challenges, together with the local authorities and all other services, we are doing everything in our power to provide heat, light and water to the homes of Ukrainians.

    Currently, we assess the state of preparedness of residential buildings and heating networks at almost 90%, and in the near future we will approach the indicator of 100% in the regions not currently affected by active hostilities.

    Together with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, we have reiterated not once that this heating season will be the most challenging in the history of Ukraine. Over the past six months, the Government has been conducting daily preparations along three major directions in order to get through this winter stably.

    The first direction is the accumulation of resources necessary for the heating season. Almost 14 billion cubic meters of gas have been accumulated in underground gas storages. Moreover, Ukraine is counting on additional volumes of imported gas from our partners. This issue was raised in the negotiations with the United States, Great Britain and Norway. Regarding coal. We have accumulated about 2 million tons of coal, and by the start of the heating season, we will continue accumulating the resource in all available storage facilities.

    Wood will be an additional resource in the coming heating season. This is the alternative to facilitate the country’s preparedness for different scenarios. The Government has already allocated UAH 562 million in subventions for the purchase of wood to regional military administrations. This primarily concerns the regions adjacent to the combat zone. It is vital to promptly distribute resources among those communities where they will really be necessary.

    Thanks to the operation of nuclear power plants, we have sufficient resources to provide the country with electricity. Meanwhile, integration into the European power network ENTSO-E allows Ukraine to receive assistance from European partners if necessary.

    In this regard we continue to work with partners on the demilitarization of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and the establishment of a 30-kilometer safe zone around it. ZNPP personnel should be provided with safe workplace and stress-free environment, without the presence of the russian military. Given that the ZNPP has been demilitarized, Ukraine will have more opportunities to balance its internal energy system and will even have a chance to continue exporting electricity to Europe.

    Without the Zaporizhzhia NPP, the energy system of Ukraine will operate at maximum load during the winter. Nevertheless, each of us can contribute to the energy sustainability of the country. For instance, by shifting household and industrial electricity consumption to night hours when possible.

    Such simple things give a huge cumulative effect and help the country to endure the difficult winter period with minimal losses.

    It is also of great importance, if possible, to pay on time for received communal services, for electricity, gas, heat, water. In case of non-payment by the population, the budget will be the source to compensate the expenses, diverting financial resources from supporting the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    Our country has demonstrated unity and the scale of its effect time and again. Therefore saving energy resources this winter is also an investment of every Ukrainian to victory over the enemy.

    The second direction of our preparation is the restoring of utility and energy infrastructure damaged by russia, primarily in the de-occupied territories. The Government headquarters is operating to coordinate the work. We have directed over UAH 4 billion from the state budget to the rapid recovery of regions affected by the war. Mostly for Kharkiv region, Kyiv region, Chernihiv region, Sumy region. Activities have been completed on almost two thousand objects. Ukrainian energy and utility workers work effectively day by day to ensure that we have light and heat in our homes. Huge thanks to the heroes of the energy front for the critical work they perform for the country.

    The third direction the Government has embarked on is the crisis response. After seven months of full-scale war, all of us are well aware of the fact we are dealing with a terrorist state. Therefore, we must be prepared for terrorist attacks by russia against our critical infrastructure. First of all, we are talking about missile attacks, but this is far from the only risk.

    In particular, it concerns the possibility of a complete cessation of gas transit via the territory of Ukraine to Europe. We cannot exclude such developments. Hence, we have worked out a plan to ensure the most efficient and cost-conscious use of the available gas resource. That is why the average temperature in the homes of Ukrainians this winter may be lower than in previous years. Most of the European countries are currently introducing such a policy. We live and work under the conditions of the war, and each of us must understand these challenges.

    Another security challenge of the heating season, I have mentioned before, is the threat of massive russian attacks on our heat generation infrastructure. Therefore, first of all, we are working on the protection of critically important objects. Secondly, we are creating reserves of alternative energy sources while the emergency repair works continue. Such a stock is already being formed. The money was allocated for this back in the summer. The state purchases mobile boiler houses and generators. We receive part of the funds as humanitarian aid from our partners. Finally, for the case of emergencies, population evacuation algorithms have been developed and sent to regional military administrations. They shall be activated in case of critical infrastructural damage that cannot be eliminated in the short term.

    We understand that the enemy expects to make winter and cold its ally in the war with Ukraine. We are preparing, mobilizing internal resources and international support to prevent this from happening. I rest assured that together we will overcome these challenges.

    Thank you for attention. Let's proceed to the agenda.

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