Electricity imports from Europe insufficient to cover Ukraine’s deficit — PM Shmyhal

Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal
Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal

Ukraine continues to import electricity from Europe in “record volumes,” but it is not enough to cover the current shortage, Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal said on May 21.

"We are working in an emergency mode right now; the situation is tough," said Shmyhal.

According to the PM, Ukraine has lost 8 GW of generation capacity due to Russian attacks, while the imports from the EU are limited to 1.7 GW.

He added that the central government, local authorities, and energy companies are tasked with restoring Ukraine’s energy facilities as fast as possible and maximizing energy conservation.

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Shmyhal said that rolling blackout schedules must be "rational, fair, and evenly spread," with the Energy Ministry and power grid operator Ukrenergo currently working on overhauling the schedules to achieve this goal.

Finally, he stated that Ukraine’s critical infrastructure is largely powered by renewable energy.

Since May 14, industrial and household consumers across the country have faced rolling blackouts, brought on by extensive Russian missiles strikes on generation facilities since mid-March.

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