Ukraine started exporting electricity to the EU

Ukraine has begun exporting electricity to the EU via Romania in a “significant” way, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Dzhegansky announced Thursday evening. The Ukrainian electricity grid was connected to the European grid in mid-March.

This step was taken to protect the country’s operations despite the Russian attack.

This will provide the EU with an additional source of electricity. And much needed income for Ukraine.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

“An important step has been taken in our rapprochement with the European Union” said Thursday, Ukraine’s president, whose candidacy for the European Union was approved by twenty-seven last week. “This is a first step,” he promised.

“We are preparing to increase supply,” he stressed, adding that “Ukrainian electricity can replace a significant part of Russian gas consumed by Europeans. Exports to us are a matter of security throughout Europe.”

“Two Winners”

“From today, Ukraine can export electricity to the EU market,” European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen tweeted on Thursday.

“It will bring an additional source of electricity to the EU. And much-needed income to Ukraine. So we’re both winners,” he said.

Ukraine was synchronized with the Russian power grid until the February 24 invasion. Then it ran freely.

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