Balkans | Power plants built by people during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina became an inspiration for Ukraine

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During the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, small hydroelectric power plants built by people to generate electricity became hope for the people who shared the same fate in Ukraine.

While the people living in Gorajde, in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, placed their hydroelectric power stations in the Drina River to fight the pain and suffering during the war years, and to illuminate the dark nights, this idea was revived in Ukraine 30 years later.

In a statement to the AA reporter on this subject, the Prime Minister of Bosnia – Podernje Canton Edin Kulov said that the EU office contacted them and asked for photos and drawings of the power plants built during the war.

Kulov said they collected information about war power plants from people with the ad they made on Radio Gorazdy, “We managed to collect all the information we had within 7 days. We sent all the photos and drawings we collected to Ukraine through the EU office here.” He said.

They were informed that war power plants that were built in Bosnia and Herzegovina were also built in Ukraine, Kolov explained, “In war, people built power plants using the materials they had. I hope this idea has allowed families in Ukraine to light up cold winter nights as well.” . He said.

The auto mechanic built the first wartime power plant

Noting that mass production had started in Ukraine, unlike in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kulov said, “The late Josu Velic built the first power plant in the war period in Gorazde. He was a car mechanic. He decided to generate electricity when he saw that the wounded in the health center were being treated with light Lantern during the war. Use phrases.

Saying that he remembers those days well, Koloff continued:

“All the power plants were tied to the bottom of the bridges. I’m still at a loss how the bridges held out. These weren’t big power plants. Everyday work. There will always be something missing. A branch will fall on it, it will bend somewhere. Since there is no electricity “The metal was drilled with a hand drill. Also, the water level in the river was constantly changing. All this would affect the electricity produced from the power plant. When you turn on a 350-volt machine, everything will light up.”

The powerful forces of the war era are a symbol of hardship and pride

Mirsad Kadrik, who was 15 years old during the war and helped build the power plants, explained that people brought the necessary materials from their homes at that time and said, “Barrels and iron pipes were more needed. Wheels were mostly made of wood. Engineers will understand Better what I say now. We were very lucky to find a gear reducer back then.” He said.

Thanks to the gear system provided in the gearbox, 20 homes could be lit over the cables, Cadrick explained, “The power stations meant a lot of responsibility. We used to go and check every day. The rise of the river and the branches of the trees falling on it were causing big problems.” He said.

Pointing out that fixing a power plant requires wheelies, Kadrick said:

“I will never forget February 15th. My cousin and I were on our way to repair the power station again. We were going to the power station, which had broken down by boat over the Drina, but when the people on the beach loosened the rope pulling us, we got up to the power station. The boat had a puncture. The weather is below zero. We got into the water and got to the beach. On February 15, for no reason, I bathed in cold water. “

Kadrick added that the power plants remind us of the hard days of war and are a source of great pride.

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