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Ukraine LIVE: Civilians told evacuate to survive winter as Putin hammers energy supply

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Civilians have been told to leave Ukraine this winter if they are able to as the nation continues to have its energy infrastructure targeted by Russian missiles. Maksym Tymchenko, chief executive of Kyiv-based DTEK, said the country would not be able to supply the entire population as energy consumption increases in the colder months due to the attacks.

He told the BBC yesterday: “If they can find an alternative place to stay for another three or four months, it will be very helpful to the system. If you consume less, then hospitals with injured soldiers will have guaranteed power supply. This is how it can be explained that by consuming less or leaving, they also contribute to other people.”

As Vladimir Putin’s ground forces have been pushed into humiliating retreats in the south and east of Ukraine, his military has resorted to targeting power grids in an apparent bid to freeze its population into submission.

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