U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to offer coal exports to Ukraine, as well as lift restrictions on U.S. lending for coal projects overseas.
Ukraine's Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry has requested the State Fiscal Service (SFS) to confiscate coal delivered from occupied areas of the Donbas, if found.
Due to a halt in supplies of anthracite from uncontrolled territory in the Donbas, Ukraine will reduce the consumption of this kind of coal and cover its shortfall with diversified imports from other countries except Russia.
Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Ihor Nasalyk says Ukraine is negotiating anthracite coal deliveries from the United States.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman does not rule out that Ukraine will acquire coal from the U.S., Australia or South Africa.
Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov requests the Anti-Terrorist Center (ATC) authorities to take measures against the activists preventing trade with the Russian-occupied Donbas.
The energy blockade poses threat to the country’s economic and energy security and has a negative impact on the national defense capability.
The state of emergency in Ukraine's energy sector introduced by the Cabinet on Feb. 16 has taken effect and will stay in force for at least one month, until March 17.
Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman called on the National Security and Defense Council to scrutinize the impact of the trade blockade on Ukrainians’ wellbeing, namely the impossibility to deliver coal from the temporarily uncontrolled territories, and take all necessary steps to address this issue.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has implemented exceptional measures in the national energy sector.
Former member of the National energy and utilities regulatory commission of Ukraine (NEURCU) Andrii Herus says the president, NEURCU Chairman Vovk, and Energy Minister Nasalyk have voiced many different (and often controversial) views regarding the power station coal supplies over the past year.
Ad hoc energy staff is going to consider the introduction of a state of emergency in connection with coal shortage.
Many large Ukrainian cities are heated with coal, so the switch to gas heating will again increase utility rates for citizens.
A group of people including anti-terrorist operation (ATO) veterans and volunteers blocked freight trains delivering commodities by the railroad track connecting the occupied territory of the Luhansk region and the town of Shchastia.
All coal deposits necessary for Ukraine's energy sector are in the occupied territory of the Donbas.