Yaroslav Demchenkov, Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine, took part in the 9th OSG 2023 National Economic Summit in Lublin, Poland, online.
He briefed the participants on the state of Ukraine's energy system and the consequences of massive russian attacks on energy infrastructure.
«In this context, I cannot but mention the war that began in Israel. Terrorists act in the same way everywhere: they kill civilians and destroy critical infrastructure. That's why we all need to be vigilant. If the world unites and helps Ukraine defeat russia, we will build a new energy security architecture in the region», Yaroslav Demchenkov said.
The Deputy Minister noted that Ukraine is carrying out the largest repair campaign in the history of its independence at the country's energy facilities and restoring its infrastructure. The relevant work is being carried out using equipment provided by Ukraine's international partners, among others.
Yaroslav Demchenkov thanked the Polish side for its support, stressing that Ukraine is committed to rebuilding the energy sector, guided by the principles of decentralisation, development of green energy and innovative technologies. This is set out in the Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2050, which was presented by Energy Minister German Galushchenko.
«There are many opportunities for cooperation between Ukraine and Poland in this area. The future of the European energy sector depends heavily on how successfully Ukraine and Poland implement their joint potential in the energy sector. Only by joining forces can we become sustainable and strong», Yaroslav Demchenkov summed up.
Anna Lukaszewska-Tszeckiakowska, the Polish Government Commissioner for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, said that Poland had sent more than 100 railway cars of energy equipment to the Ukrainian energy sector to help restore the infrastructure damaged by russian attacks. She emphasized that Poland is making every effort to maintain Europe's energy security and will continue to support Ukraine.