ARKANSAS, Oct 22 (Future Headlines)- In Ukraine, as winter approaches, residents are bracing themselves for potential further attacks by Russia on the country’s energy infrastructure. Last winter was declared the most challenging in Ukraine’s energy history, with over 1,200 missiles and drones targeting power plants. This led to massive disruptions, with nearly half of Ukraine’s energy capacity impacted, forcing people to endure extended power outages during the coldest months.

The previous winter saw repeated attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure by Russian forces, severely affecting the nation’s energy supply. Over 1,200 missiles and drones were used in these attacks, leaving many Ukrainians without electricity and water during harsh winter conditions. This situation was referred to as “energy terror.”

In anticipation of potential further attacks this winter, Ukrainians are taking various measures to ensure they can cope with electricity shortages. These measures include stockpiling essentials, such as candles, batteries, flashlights, and portable lanterns, along with compact gas canisters. Additionally, many residents are relying on wood-burning stoves to stay warm.

In response to the threats, Ukraine has committed to enhancing its air defense systems to protect against potential attacks. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has emphasized the importance of defensive efforts to ensure that Russian aggression doesn’t disrupt the country’s energy supply this winter.

The United States has allocated $522 million for energy equipment and infrastructure protection in Ukraine. This support aims to help the country better prepare for the challenges of another difficult winter.

Some Ukrainian residents are investing in solar panels and generators to ensure a stable source of energy. Others are turning to alternative heating methods, such as wood-burning stoves or pellet boilers, and stockpiling water and food to cope with potential disruptions.

Private Ukrainian energy producers like DTEK have been working to restore damaged infrastructure and fortify equipment protection in preparation for the winter. DTEK, for instance, has invested $550 million to prepare for the coming season.

Many residents are determined to adapt to difficult conditions, having learned from their experiences during the previous winter’s energy crisis. While they anticipate further attacks, they aim to be better prepared to cope with the challenges.

The preparations and resilience of Ukrainian residents highlight the ongoing difficulties faced by the country due to geopolitical tensions and the need to ensure a stable energy supply during harsh winter conditions. These challenges underscore the importance of continued international support and diplomatic efforts to address the broader issues surrounding the conflict.

Editing by Sarah White