Friday, November 25, 2022
The trickle of natural gas still flowing through Ukraine to western Europe is at risk after Russia’s attacks on energy infrastructure led to blackouts in much of the region. Emergency power cuts imposed by Ukraine after a barrage of Russian missile strikes against electrical production plants and other infrastructure threatens to paralyze a pipeline that ships gas through the region, according to former chief of Ukraine’s GTSO Sergiy Makogon. “The situation is difficult but under control.” Russian strikes halted oil flows in Ukraine’s section of the southern leg of the Druzhba pipeline system for several hours Wednesday. They also prompted officials to shut down three nuclear power plants. The gas route via Ukraine is the last remaining operational path for Russian supplies to western European nations.