Vitali Klitschko says the Ukrainian capital may experience power outages until spring 2023
Pedestrians shine flashlights as they enter an underpass during a power outage in the Ukrainian capital on November 10, 2022, Kiev, Ukraine © AFP / Dimitar DILKOFF/AFP
Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko has warned there may be a partial evacuation of the Ukrainian capital, as the authorities expect more blackouts well into next year. Over the past several weeks, Russian missile strikes have significantly battered the country’s power grid.
In an interview with media outlet RBK-Ukraine published on Monday, Klitschko said that following the latest Russian missile strikes on Wednesday, the Kiev authorities managed to restore water supplies and ensure that all residential buildings were being heated by Saturday morning. The power for most homes was also largely restored within a few days, the official said.
However, despite the authorities’ efforts to prevent a massive, city-wide power outage, the city is “preparing for various scenarios.”
When asked by journalists to comment on reports in the German media about evacuation contingency plans, Klitschko replied: “I don’t rule out the worst scenario. There won’t be a complete evacuation – maybe a partial one, but you can’t really call it an evacuation.” He explained that this would be a “temporary relocation of certain categories of people to the outskirts where there might be services.”