Volodymyr Kudricki, chief executive of Ukraine’s electricity operator Ukrenergo, also said his officials were looking around the world for the complex equipment needed to repair the grid.

Eight waves of Russian airstrikes on critical infrastructure have severely damaged the grid and led to power outages across the country.

“These attacks represent the biggest blow to the electricity grid that humanity has ever seen. More than 1,000 shells and rockets were fired at electrical facilities and transmission lines, including substations,” Kudricki said.

Ukraine is now facing a serious shortage of power generation capacity, although consumption has decreased by 25-30 percent compared to the pre-war period.

“The system is still functioning, it is integrated, it is not broken or separated,” said Kudricki.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko warned that an “apocalypse” could occur in the capital this winter if Russian airstrikes continue and added that people should be prepared to evacuate, even though there is no need to do so for now.

“Kiev could be left without electricity, water and heating. The apocalypse could happen, like in Hollywood movies, where it is not possible to live in homes due to the low temperature,” Klitschko told Reuters.

“But we are fighting and doing everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen,” said the former world boxing champion.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine is increasing its electricity supply every day, although there are still problems in Kyiv and several other regions.

The company Ukrenergo announced last week that it has secured a 300 million euro (about HRK 2.2 billion) loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to rebuild the energy infrastructure damaged in the attacks.

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