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EXCLUSIVE At least half of Ukraine’s thermal power capacity affected by Russian attacks – Minister

EXCLUSIVE At least half of Ukraine’s thermal power capacity affected by Russian attacks – Minister

KIEV, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Russia has hit at least half of Ukraine’s thermal generation capacity and caused billions of dollars in damage in attacks since Oct. 10, but not all affected plants have completely shut down, Ukraine’s energy minister said on Friday.

Herman Halushchenko told Reuters in an interview that 30-40% of the total national power infrastructure was affected in attacks which he portrayed as intent on destroying Ukraine’s energy system — a goal he said has not been achieved.

“It’s quite a large capacity. I can tell you it’s… at least half of the heat generation capacity, even more,” he said, when asked about the extent of the damage.

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“This week they targeted a number of thermogeneration (power plants),” Halushchenko said, adding that Ukraine lost 4,000 MW of generating capacity as a result of the attacks.

Russia stepped up its airstrikes against Ukraine last week, using missiles and drones to target Kiev, other major cities and energy infrastructure.

“We see that they targeted a number of new (objects), but also shelled (objects) that had already been shelled before in order to completely destroy them,” Halushchenko said.

He said that the import of electricity could be one of the options for transitioning Ukraine out of the crisis, and that some traders have already started negotiations with suppliers.

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Reporting by Max Hunder; writing by Tom Balmfort; editing by Timothy Heritage

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