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Power cuts another worry for Ukraine’s critically ill



Ukrainian pensioner Halyna Halytska prepares for her hospital treatment. Her mind wanders to one question: Will she have enough power and water?

Russian air strikes could cause disruptions in Ukraine lasting hours. Halytska and 27 other people are connected to Obukhiv hospital in south Kyiv, via dialysis machines.

Power cuts affected pumping stations. Patients who need to use hundreds of litres for their treatment were concerned about this. They do their best. Sometimes however, the pipes burst, and the medics must stop life-saving treatment.

Halytska (65 years old) said from her hospital bed, “It’s an issue and there’s nothing that we can do about.”

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Russia intensified its attacks on power plants, substations and other targets in mid-October, amid numerous battlefield setbacks following its February 24 invasion.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy (President of Ukraine) stated that 40% of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure was badly damaged.

Yuriy Ihnat spoke for the Ukrainian Air Force and stated that Russia will likely stockpile drones and missiles to prepare for future strikes.


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‘WE COULDN’T LEAVE’

Chief doctor Tetiana Tremba said that patients at Obukhiv Central District Hospital need to have stable power.

The outages are still occurring due to both direct strikes on infrastructure and rolling blackouts that energy providers impose daily to relieve grid pressure.

If patients aren’t given enough time, they can experience nausea and vomiting. You cannot skip treatment. Tremba said, “They can’t survive without it.”

Sometimes the effects of war are even closer.

Halytska, who was listening to the dialysis machines reminded her of the Russian strikes last month that took place near her treatment.

She stated, “We couldn’t do anything because (to equipment) we were tied up”, “We couldn’t leave.”

Tremba was also present. She stated, “It’s such a responsibility.” “So many people were lying, and we didn’t know what would happen.”

BLACKOUTS & Generators

Vitalii Vlasiuk, the deputy governor of Kyiv Region responsible for healthcare, stated that 60 hospitals were under attack and twice as many were hit by Russia’s invasion.

Bohdan Borukhovskiy (Deputy Health Minister) stated to Reuters that there have been no deaths due to power outages.

He said that all the departments involved in planned surgeries had access to the least amount of electricity needed to perform them.

He stated that there were not enough generators in Ukraine for all emergencies.

According to him, more than 400 generators were delivered to hospitals in the country by officials from government who had worked with international partners. Another 1,100 generators were expected to be delivered by the World Bank and 170 generators from the World Health Organization in a joint project.

Wednesday’s proposal of the European Commission to provide financial support for Ukraine in the amount of EUR18 billion included funding for Kyiv for critical infrastructure repair.

Halytska and 27 other Obukhiv kidney patients fear the next power outage.

She stated, “Without dialysis, there is no life.”

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