Selenski’s top consultant warns in exclusive Blick interview
“We are facing the hardest winter in history”
No water, no heating, no electricity: Ukrainians must be prepared for a harsh winter, warns Selensky’s top adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak. However, a temporary ceasefire is not an option.
Selenskis Top-Berater Mykhailo Podolyak.
Olha Petriv, Sven Ziegler
Russia is trying to freeze Ukraine with rockets, drones and heavy artillery fire. With targeted attacks on critical infrastructure, Russian President Vladimir Putin (70) wants to shroud the Ukrainian population in darkness and freeze it.
Mykhailo Podolyak (50), top advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (44), also recruits his compatriots in an exclusive interview with a view to difficult months. “We are facing the harshest winter in history,” says Podolyak. “The Ukrainian government will do whatever it takes to ensure Ukraine’s survival and do it in the most efficient way possible. There is still no trend that the government asks Ukrainians to go abroad.”
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Currently, between 30 and 40 percent of the energy infrastructure is damaged or destroyed. The repair work would last 24 hours. “In the meantime, we are looking at ways to import electricity from partner countries. We are trying to conduct electricity from one region to another,” says Podolyak. And he reveals: Some of the people would have to move too. “Local authorities are asking people to move to villages where it is easier to heat themselves with firewood.”
By bombing the energy infrastructure, Russia hopes to intimidate the Ukrainian population and create hostile conditions. “They want to try to bring a few million Ukrainians to Europe and cause chaos. That is why the Russians are attacking our energy infrastructure”, says the presidential adviser.
However, a pause in the fighting between Ukraine and Russia is not an option. “We have no interest in prolonging this war. Instead, we want to liberate as many areas as possible as quickly as possible.” Due to the additional mobilization, progress becomes more difficult. “Additional forces from Russia will cause difficulties for our artillery. But we will move forward », he is convinced.
“The relationship does not suffer”
The rocket crash over Poland will not change that. President Zelensky still insists that the Russian missiles have reached Poland. NATO is upset. Adviser Podolyak now says: “It could be Russian or Ukrainian missiles. We have to investigate the incident closely.”
The liberation of the city of Cherson was a major success in the course of the war. “But currently there is no electricity, no water and no heating in the entire city,” says the presidential adviser. “There are large mined areas, we even found mines in the sewers. In that sense, Kherson is truly a city of death. We are working to restore power and trying to track down Russian military collaborators.”
Podolyak is confident: “I don’t think the relationship between Ukraine and NATO is suffering. We all know who is responsible for the war. So there is no room for misunderstandings.”