ua en ru

Zelenskyy declares that some strategic energy facilities must return under Ukraine's control

Zelenskyy declares that some strategic energy facilities must return under Ukraine's control Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (photo: Getty Images)

Ukraine must regain control over certain strategic energy facilities, states President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview with "1+1."

Responding to questions about whether Ukraine will reclaim businesses that were once acquired by oligarchs "during the era of rapid capital accumulation," the head of state noted that where the law allows, it should be done. However, in cases where it's impossible, it's a matter of time.

Zelenskyy added that this is crucial, especially when Ukraine needs to ensure energy reliability in the winter.

"If people are in trenches, and their children, women, they don't know what to do when there's no electricity, no water, basically no life. He should think and not divide his brain into everything. Family is very important, but you need to focus. And if it's possible, focus on victory, on the battlefield. And that's very important," he stated.

The president further mentioned that there are enterprises where "we cannot enter and guarantee their security."

"Some energy facilities must return under state control to eliminate certain risks... It's not a revolution. It's an absolute necessity in wartime. I'm not even talking about what's allowed by law," he stated.

The Situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP)

The Zaporizhzhia NPP has been occupied by Russian Forces since the beginning of Russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russians not only violate the plant's operational regime but also use its facilities for storing equipment and personnel. Throughout the occupation, the station has been disconnected from Ukraine's power grid on several occasions.

In early July, for the first time in four months, Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant managed to connect to the only available backup power line. However, the situation at the station became more complicated after the explosion at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant, which provided the station's cooling system with water.

Furthermore, due to the criminal actions of Russian occupiers at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, there was an incident involving a water leak from the first circuit to the second circuit of the fourth power unit recently. There were no radiological releases into the environment.