Ukraine-Konflikt, Wolodymyr Selenskyj mit Churchill Leadership Award geehrt July 26, 2022, Kyiv, Ukraine: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy listens during a ceremony to present him with the Winston Churchill Leadership Award from the International Churchill Society via video conference from his secure office, July 26, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Zelenskyy accepted award presented by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on behalf of all Ukrainians. Kyiv Ukraine - ZUMAp138 20220726_zaa_p138_007 Copyright: xUkrainianxPresidentialxPressxOffx

In view of the energy crisis in Europe, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has offered the EU support with electricity from his country. “We are preparing to increase our electricity exports to consumers in the European Union,” said the head of state in Kyiv on Wednesday evening in his evening video message.

“Our export not only allows us to earn foreign exchange, but also our partners to withstand the Russian energy pressure,” he said, referring to the significantly reduced gas supplies from Russia. Gas is also used to generate electricity. Russia’s energy giant Gazprom had reduced deliveries through the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1 again on Wednesday because of alleged technical problems – this time to 20 percent of the maximum volume.

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“Step by step we are making Ukraine one of the guarantors of European energy security, precisely through our domestic electric power production,” said Zelenskyy. Before Russia’s war of aggression, which Moscow began in February, Ukraine had covered 50 percent of its electricity needs from nuclear power. The country was also dependent on electricity imports from Russia and Belarus.

As Zelenskyj explained, a large part of the energy is not needed because production has come to a standstill because of the war. However, the Russian troops had recently captured the largest nuclear power plant in Enerhodar, a hydroelectric power plant on the Dnipro River and at least two coal-fired power plants.