Energy sector reform allows Ukraine to become independent from Russia - Poroshenko
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that the biggest reforms are implemented in the energy sector, which allowed Ukraine to achieve energy independence from Russia.
"If to consider the field in which the largest reforms are carried out in the country, energy will be definitely among the first. The first thing we can be proud of is energy independence," the president said during his visit to Rivne nuclear power plant.
According to him, in just two years Ukraine has achieved the "fantastic result." The president noted bold steps made to increase the share of nuclear energy in the energy balance of Ukraine.
"Only a year ago the share of nuclear energy accounted for 48% and was steadily falling. In less than a year we have increased it from 48% to over 55%," Poroshenko added.
According to him, the Ukrainian power sector has become more competitive, ensured the energy security of Kyiv and Kyiv region, and reduced consumption of anthracite where there was a shortage of electricity.
"Today Kyiv receives cheap electricity from Rivne and Khmelnytsky nuclear power plants and does not use expensive anthracite coal," Poroshenko said.
He also noted that there have not been rolling blackouts this winter, despite the fears and predictions of many politicians.