Energy situation “remains difficult,” says state energy company

Ukraine continues to suffer a “difficult” energy situation, according to state energy provider Ukrenergo.

“We all have a difficult heating season ahead,” the company said in an update Monday.

Russian forces have deliberately targeted energy infrastructure in Ukraine, where authorities have been battling to maintain power, water and cell phone connectivity.

This weekend, however, Ukrenergo said “it was possible to apply the minimum amount of emergency shutdowns,” due in part to increased capacity at nuclear power plants.

The company also noted an increase in electricity consumption “due to both the beginning of the week and drop in temperatures throughout the country.”

Temperatures in Kyiv hit -7 degrees Celsius (44 Fahrenheit) on Monday, according to the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center.

Russian attacks on critical facilities have dropped off in the past week or so, but Ukrenergo is struggling to bring damaged facilities back online.

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