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 "I'll do my best to prevent power blackouts," - Hroisman

A state of emergency in the energy sector has been introduced to eke out the existing coal reserves and secure uninterrupted electricity supply for the population.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman said speaking at an agricultural exhibition, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine.

"I stand by ordinary Ukrainian citizens. These power blackouts. I'll do everything to prevent them. But we understand that if the coal reserves decrease, no other option will remain. Therefore, we have introduced emergency measures in the energy market to extend our properly built up stocks," Hroisman said.

According to him, 24 million tons of coal are consumed today, including 9 million tons of anthracite produced in Russia-controlled territory.

"Our goal is to build an independent power system. We are working on it today," Hroisman added.

Read more: Donbas blockade may entail growth of tariffs, - Vice Premier Rozenko

An emergency regime in Ukraine's energy sector was introduced on Feb. 17.

On Feb. 16, the National Security and Defense Council considered steps to neutralize threats to the energy security of Ukraine. Following the meeting, President Petro Poroshenko enacted a relevant NSDC decision.

Read more: US Embassy to Ukraine expresses concern about occupied Donbas blockade, advises establishing transparent movement of legitimate goods

On Jan. 25, anti-terrorist operation (ATO) veterans blocked the Luhansk-Popasna haul, launching a trade blockade of the occupied Donbas areas. The movement of 12 trains with a total of 700 cars has been barred.

Later, Deputy Minister for the Occupied Territories and IDPs Heorhii Tuka said the decision to launch trade blockade was extra-legal. Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and IDPs Vadym Chernysh spoke against possible ban on commodities delivery across the contact line in the Donbas: "We need to be able to deliver coal, otherwise we will face problems throughout the country."

On Feb. 2, participants of the trade blockade barred another railroad track near Bakhmut.
   
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