A bitter winter awaits the people of Ukraine: the temperature in apartments can be reduced by 4 degrees

Yury Vitrenko, head of the state gas company Naftogaz, said indoor temperatures would be set at 17-18°C during the central heating period, about four degrees lower than normal, and advised people to stock up on blankets and warm clothes, which will be needed if temperatures outside drop to average winter temperatures of -10 °C and more.

“Heating season” – the period when the central heating is turned on, will start later and end earlier, J. Vitrenko said.

„Be [Vakarų] financial support, we will lack gas, which means that there will be a really high risk that the energy system may be disrupted,” said J. Vitrenko. He said that Naftogaz had supported some Ukrainian energy companies with gas in March when coal supplies were suspended due to the war. “[Priešingu atveju] there would have been no electricity,” he said.

“As for heating, if we don’t have the necessary 2 billion cubic meters of gas, this will mean that some households will not get enough heating… so it will be really too cold,” said J. Vitrenko.

Ukraine about 60 percent. the gas it needs is extracted domestically, and the rest is imported from neighboring European Union countries at market prices. in 2014 the country stopped buying gas directly from Russia, although it still consumes much of the same Russian gas that is piped through Ukraine from EU suppliers.

This system was designed to prevent Russia from using gas as a means of influencing Ukraine. Gas contracts between Russia and Ukraine have long been a source of massive corruption, as Ukrainian politicians and oligarchs allowed Russia to influence the country’s internal affairs in exchange for cheap gas.

Ukraine needs about 10 billion dollars to import gas. Mr. Vitrenko said that he believes that the country’s allies understand this need, but he cannot be sure that Ukraine will receive the funds, because “it is very difficult to be sure during the war”.

However, the current predicament could worsen if, for example, Russia were to target any of Ukraine’s key gas infrastructure, power plants, or gas production facilities. About 50 percent Ukraine’s gas fields are located in the Kharkiv region, four miles from the front line. If gas fields or Ukrainian storage facilities were damaged, Ukraine would have to import more gas.

Another much-talked-about risk is that Russia could decide to further cut gas supplies to the EU, which would make gas even more expensive. Earlier this year, Russia cut gas supplies to the EU, leading to sharp increases in gas and electricity prices in some countries, including the United Kingdom.

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Last month, International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birolis wrote: “The world is experiencing the first true global energy crisis in history. The situation is particularly dangerous in Europe, which is at the epicenter of the energy market turmoil.”

The Guardian recalls that in July, Ukraine’s state-owned gas company defaulted on payments to creditors and said many of its customers were unable to pay their bills because of the war. Normally, said J. Vitrenko, the Ukrainian state gas company would buy gas from the EU and sell it to its customers at a profit. However, given the rapidly rising prices and widespread unemployment caused by the war, Ukraine will have to subsidize energy prices this year.

Since February, Russia has been targeting critical energy infrastructure in Ukraine, including oil refineries and power plants. Should gas infrastructure or gas production facilities be targeted, Ukraine is preparing emergency kits that could serve up to 200,000 people, including mobile boilers, mobile heating units and diesel power generators.

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“If [bus atjungtas] a big city like Kyiv or Kharkiv, of course, this will not be enough, but in some small cities these emergency kits will be very important, said J. Vitrenko. “It all depends on the extent of the damage.”

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