“There was a blackout”: the EU urged to urgently send generators and transformers to Ukraine
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Ukraine has received about 500 generators from EU countries since the beginning of the war. Additional equipment will be needed to restore the power grid after Russian missile strikes, European officials said.
The European Commission called on the EU countries to urgently transfer high-voltage transformers and generators to Ukraine in order to restore the energy system after Russian missile strikes. European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson told reporters after an informal meeting of EU energy ministers.
“We ask the EU member states to provide assistance to Ukraine again. The priority is high-voltage transformers and generators. The European Commission will help deliver equipment to the regions” , — said the official.
The commission is working on setting up a new energy center in Poland to accept donations from third parties and help deliver them to precise locations in Ukraine, she continued.
Since the start of the all-out war with Russia, Ukraine has received about 55,000 . units of power equipment and 500 generators through an allied civil partnership mechanism, Simson noted.
At the beginning of the informal meeting, Ukrainian Minister of Energy Herman Galushchenko spoke online to the participants and spoke about the critical state of the country's energy infrastructure.
“Yesterday's strike had serious consequences. There was a blackout. All nuclear power plants in Ukraine were de-energized. This is the first case , when all 4 Ukrainian nuclear power plants were de-energized at the same time,” Galushchenko emphasized.
According to him, leaving such attacks of a terrorist country unanswered means encouraging them to carry out more missile strikes. The head of the Ministry of Energy stressed that this situation poses a threat not only to Ukraine, but to the whole of Europe.
Herman Galushchenko emphasized the importance of suspending Russia's rights and privileges within the IAEA. The European community, he said, should rethink cooperation with Rosatom from the point of view of EU energy security and not start new projects with the Russian company and its subsidiaries.
After a massive missile attack, all power units of the South Ukrainian NPP were shut down. Neighboring Moldova was also left without electricity.
Generators can be imported into Ukraine without registration, the cost of which does not exceed 500 euros.