Zelenski: Ukraine has become a member of the Energy Union

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Ukraine’s electricity grid is “connected” to the European grid, French Ecological Transition Minister Barbara Pompili, whose country holds the six-month presidency of the European Union (EU), told AFP on Wednesday.

“It simply came to our notice then. The Ukrainian electricity grid, which has been operating in isolation since the beginning of the war, has been connected to the European grid since (Wednesday) morning, “the French energy minister said in a message posted on Twitter.

Europe has recently been studying an urgent request from Ukraine for this synchronization of electricity networks, which facilitates trade between countries and makes it easier to cover a power supply problem in any of them.

“Ukraine has become a member of the European Energy Union. Ukrainian electricity is now circulating in the European Union (EU) and vice versa, “President Volodymyr Zelenski said in a Twitter post.

?? has become a member of ?? Energy Union. The unification of ?? & ?? energy systems has been completed. Now ?? electricity flows in ?? & vice versa. Grateful to ?? members, personally to @vonderleyen, @KadriSimson & everyone, thanks to whom we now have a single energy system!

– Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 16, 2022

Ukraine was in sync with Russia’s electricity grid until the Russian invasion and then operated autonomously.

Good news for the Moldovan brothers as well

The electricity network of the Republic of Moldova is now also connected to the European network, Pompili announces.

The Association of Managers of the European Electricity Transmission Networks – Entso-E – underlines, in its turn, in a communiqué the “success” of the synchronization of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine with Europe.

It is an “acceleration” of a process that has been under study since 2017 and was precipitated by the Russian War in Ukraine.

The area covered by Entso-E extends beyond EU borders and includes 35 countries, from Iceland to Cyprus.