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Ukraine: the war fought on the energy front

The Florence School of Regulation interviews Maryna Ilchuk, Counsel at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Ukraine, to get a first-hand account of the current situation of Ukraine’s energy sector and the reasons why Ukraine’s energy infrastructure might be one of Putin’s most priced targets in the war.

10 May 2022 | Opinion

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"The workers of Ukraine's utility companies in all regions are undertaking enormous efforts in order to restore the networks of settlements liberated from the Russian army.   As you may have already heard, many cities like Chernihiv and Mariupol are experiencing a humanitarian crisis, having had limited access to running water, electricity, or heat, since Russia escalated its assault on the cities.   Despite the fact that the Russian army continues to destroy infrastructure, including power grids, and gas pipelines, our workers of gas and electricity companies keep rebuilding them in order to return electricity and gas to the people of Ukraine. However, full-fledged renovation works can only start once the cities are liberated from Russian troops.", affirms Maryna Ilchuk, Counsel at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang.

Concerns over energy security and supply across Ukraine continue to grow and the ensuing energy crisis shows no sign of receding.

While the rest of the world faces difficulties in coping with spiking prices and the geopolitical arm-wrestle, Ukraine is in the midst of a full-fledged attack not only on its territory but also on its energy system.

Read the full interview with Ukrainian energy policy expert Maryna Ilchuk here.

Last update: 24 May 2022

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