On February 11, 2021, the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy announced a future experiment to disconnect Ukraine from the energy system of Russia and Belarus. The next day, Kiev increased its purchases of electricity from Moscow. This is evidenced by the latest data from the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E), published on the official website of the organization uniting transmission operators in Europe, North Africa and Turkey.
On February 13, Russian electricity exports to Ukraine increased to 1 MW, the highest since February 200, when Kiev resumed purchases of Russian electricity. Moreover, the Ukrainian side has applied for continuous imports from 1:06 am to 00:22 pm, when the maximum amount of electricity is consumed. On February 00, Russia supplied Ukraine with 12 MW, and before that the maximum supply did not exceed 1 MW.
Regarding Belarus, Ukraine began importing electricity from this country on January 3. In the heating season 2020/2021, a crisis situation in the electric power industry has developed in Ukraine. Shutdowns of NPP power units, lack of coal at TPPs, increased accidents and cold winters were the main negative factors that caused the electricity shortage.
At the same time, Kiev expects to say a final goodbye to Russia in 2023 and connect to the European ENTSO-E. What will come of this, we will find out relatively soon, because for the heating season 2021/2022, the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine has planned a grand experiment in order to demonstrate to the Europeans its unique Ukrainian capabilities.