Ukraine – Switching The Lights Off, by Moon of Alabama

How Ukraine intends to win a war without power is perhaps a question that hadn’t entered the minds of Ukraine’s primary backer, i.e. the U.S. As they’ve done everything else, the Russians are methodically destroying Ukraine’s grid. From Moon of Alabama at moonofalabama.org:

The careful destruction of energy systems in Ukraine continues.

From today’s clobber list as provided by the Defense Ministry of Russia:

On 17 November, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation launched a concentrated strike, using high-precision long-range air-, sea- and ground-based weapons, at the facilities of military control, defence industry, as well as related fuel and energy infrastructure of Ukraine.The goals of the strike have been reached.

All the missiles have accurately stricken the assigned facilities.

I have no idea if the last line is true but it does not matter much.

The targeting of 330 kilovolt transformers in various switching stations has cut some 50% of the distribution capability of Ukraine’s electricity network. These transformers weigh up to 200 tons. There are no replacements. You do not buy them at the next corner but will have to order them with years of lead time. As far as I can tell Russia is currently the only producer of transformers of that type.

Isn’t it a war crime to destroy the infrastructure that supplies civilians?

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