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They worked on land and in water: for which he received the Order of Energy Engineers from the Kharkiv Region |

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Oleksandr Kots, an electric and gas welder from “Kharkivoblenergo” after the full-scale invasion, stayed in his native Zolochiv and for some time retrained as a fitter – there were not enough people. The brigade restored power lines damaged by the Russians under shelling. They were aware that it was dangerous, but, he says, the work had to be done.

Oleksandr Kots, electric gas boiler “Kharkivoblenergo”

They did it under fire, they left on the line. We even had a tower damaged, we went to Svitlychne to work. I then raked hard. Makarove and Turove were occupied, under katsaps. And this line was visible, and they fired at us purposefully from a mortar. The car’s tire was punctured, the pipes were broken. We barely got out of there. We finished the work. Andriy was in the basket at the time, Vitaly was working on the wires below, and I went to inspect the line where everything was broken. When the flights began to arrive, at first I thought it was ours, I saw smoke. And when the second hit next to us, Vitalik says: “They are shooting at us.” Andriy says: “I have one wire left to fasten.” They finished and somehow escaped.

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At that time, the number of employees in the local unit “Kharkivoblenergo” was significantly reduced – the employees evacuated their families. So those who remained worked without days off.

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Vitaly Oliynyk, head of the Zolochiv REM

The light began to disappear sometime in mid-March, after the shelling. The same lines were restored several times a day. They left immediately and attracted all the people there were. Therefore, the electric welder worked instead of the fitter. All were restored. It was very scary when the first flights started and we had to leave, because the first lines to connect were the hospital, the police, and the fire department. Therefore, it was necessary to react immediately.

Energy companies came under the fire of the Russian army more than once. But during one of the trips, Oleksandr had to work in extremely extreme conditions. It was necessary to swim across the river and stretch the wires from one bank to the other.

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Oleksandr Kots, electric gas boiler “Kharkivoblenergo”

The landing was near the river and the wire broke right in the middle of the river. And it was necessary to connect the wires, and to do this, we connected the wires on one side and had to cross them to the other side. And we threw and threw the fishing rod – it didn’t work, so we threw it across the river. And I had to undress and swim, it would be faster that way. The weather was sunny, it was plus in the yard, the end of March. Maybe +10. But the weather was sunny.

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Then it was necessary to urgently heal the local hospital. And if there was a need to go swimming again, Oleksandr says, he would do it without thinking.

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Oleksandr Kots, electric gas boiler “Kharkivoblenergo”

If I had to, I would repeat it two or three times. Work is work. There is not much choice, whether the boat is there or something else. We had to act faster to bring light to that hospital. After all, the wounded were already there at that time.

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Now most of the specialists are already on the ground, so Oleksandr has returned to his direct work with the welding machine.

Oleksandr Kots, electric gas boiler “Kharkivoblenergo”

Decimal wires are held on this support. I will now restore, cut off the collar, it turns out narrow. There are planned works, and there are unplanned ones. According to planned works, a traverse is allocated to each support. Now there are still unplanned events, nothing is over yet, hostilities continue. And we do reconstruction and installation.

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At the end of 2022, seven Kharkiv power engineers were honored with state awards. Oleksandr shows a video from the award ceremony that he keeps in his phone – then he received the Order “For Courage” of the III degree.

Defenders, this is the only way we can address those who restore energy supply after the attacks of Russian terrorists. Defenders of our life.

Oleksandr is already a pensioner by age, but the man is not going to rest – he says he will work as long as his health and strength allow.

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