21 Feb 2023 12:12

Building energy storage facilities, grain hubs to be priority of Ukraine's recovery - Zelensky

MOSCOW. Feb 21 (Interfax) - The construction of energy storage facilities in Ukraine and Ukrainian grain terminals in the European Union, Asia and Africa will be a priority of the post-crisis recovery process, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said.

"We believe it is imperative to develop the ability to diversify power generation and energy storage. These are the new technologies that I want to work on together with the U.S. and Europe. We need to build energy storage facilities," Ukrainian media quoted Zelensky as saying in a statement.

Ukraine also needs to actively develop agriculture, including by encouraging foreign partners to help update the irrigation and logistics systems and to help build grain terminals, he said.

"We need to set up new grain hubs in the EU, Africa and Asia, namely huge hubs where we can deliver and then store wheat, corn and other crops that are produced in Ukraine. As soon as these hubs are ready, we will be able to transport our goods to them [...] In this regard, we count on partners from Europe, because it requires considerable investments," Zelensky said.

Some African countries have already displayed their interest in the construction of such hubs, he added.