The announcement came during the visit of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock to a power substation located 50 kilometers from Kyiv on September 11. This power station, with a capacity of 2,000 megawatts, had previously been targeted multiple times by Russian missiles and Iranian-made kamikaze drones.
The aftermath of these attacks left parts of the facility severely damaged, which were subsequently repaired. As a protective measure, the substation is now shielded with nets designed to thwart low-flying drones.
Baerbock's visit was not just a diplomatic gesture. She actively discussed the potential of harnessing renewable energy in Ukraine. She emphasized the feasibility and benefits of constructing a wind farm around the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. This proposal was formalized with the signing of a declaration of intent at the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources.
The German Foreign Ministry highlighted the urgency of this initiative, referencing the staggering 1,500 attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure during the previous winter. The primary objective of Baerbock's visit was to discuss strategies to safeguard and ensure uninterrupted power supply to the Ukrainian populace, especially during the colder months.
In 2022, Germany emerged as the most significant contributor to Ukraine's Energy Support Fund, donating a generous €130 million.