Electricity supplies to Ukraine from Russia and Belarus were suspended on February 29. In particular, a table on electricity supplies to Ukraine showed that electricity imports from Russia and Belarus were at zero as of 21:00 on February 29.
However, the operator of the Ukrainian integrated power grids Ukrenergo reported that it had not restricted electricity supplies from the said countries. According to Ukrenergo, 600 million kWh of electricity would have been supplied to Ukraine’s unified power grid from 18:00 to 20:00 on March 1. But whether it was fulfilled or not, they promised to report later.
According to Ukrenergo, traders in January imported 17.9 million kWh of electricity from Russia (3% of total imports) and 93 million kWh from Belarus (16.6%). Slovakia and Hungary were in the lead with 329.1 million kWh (58.7%) and 97 million kWh (17.3%) supplied to Ukraine, respectively. In total, Ukraine imported 560 million kWh of electricity, according to Ukrenergo.
On September 18, 2019 the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, allowed buying electricity from Russia and Belarus under bilateral agreements. But on December 4, 2019 it canceled its decision with regard to Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on February 25 instructed the Energy and Environmental Protection Ministry to limit coal and electricity imports. (UNIAN/Business World Magazine)