Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine at today’s meeting of the Anti-crisis energy staff plans to consider the introduction of a state of emergency in the Ukrainian energy sector due to the blocking of coal deliveries and a significant reduction in its reserves, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“The issue of the introduction of a state of emergency in the Ukrainian energy sector will be on the agenda of the energy staff meeting. We cannot allow the drop in the strategic coal reserves,” Groysman told journalists Monday.
Earlier Groysman called for the lift of the blockade at the demarcation line, restoration of coal supplies, along with the establishment of strict control over the movement of goods along the line of contact.
After Russia ignited war in Donbas, Ukraine lost a large number of anthracite coal mines in the region. To solve the problem, Ukraine was buying fuel in the Republic of South Africa.
As of today, anthracite in the militant-held territory is mined exclusively by DTEK owned by Rinat Akhmetov; however, coal supplies to the government-controlled territory are often interrupted.
January 25, 2017 a group of ATO veterans blocked the Luhansk-Popasna railroad within the framework of a so-called trade blockade of the occupied areas of Donbas.
Deputy Minister for the Occupied Territories and IDPs George Tuka said that the blockage could lead to the fact that the whole of Luhansk region would remain without electricity.
Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Ihor Nasalik said that the total blockade of coal supplies from the ATO zone would lead to rolling blackouts. He has emphasized that the responsibility for taking or not taking a decision on the blockade of anthracite coal supplies, on which Ukraine is short, should be taken by Ukraine’s parliament.
Some stations have coal only for another 14 days, others – for 100 days
Anthracite coal in Ukraine’s Thermal power station is left only for 40 days. This was reported by the head of UkrEnergo Vsevolod Kovalchuk at the meeting of anti-crisis main office, Joinfo.com reports with reference to 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“Our total stock is 842 thousand tones which is on the average for 40 days. But it should be noted that different stations have different coal stock and in fact this number on anthracite stations varies from 14 to 100 days provided establishing emergency state and operation of all stations under minimal market and equipment configuration,” he said.
According to Nasalyk, there are 927 thousand tons of anthracite coal currently stored.
Earlier it was reported that UkrEnergo and Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry propose to declare emergency due to coal deficit. Overall daily average of anthracite coal consumption is about 30 thousand tons per day.
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 67 times in the past 24 hours with one wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces opened fire from mortars on the village of Verkhniotoretske and the town of Avdiyivka, as well as rocket-propelled grenades and small arms — on the villages of Zaitseve, Pisky, Novoselivka Druha, Kam’ianka and Luhanske.
“The enemy fired from infantry fighting vehicles on the Ukrainian positions near Avdiyivka. Furthermore, snipers were active in the villages of Troyitske, Novoselivka Druha and Kamianka,” the headquarters said.
In the Mariupol sector, the occupiers fired mortars of various calibers on the villages of Pavlopil and Novotroyitske, and the town of Krasnohorivka. “The militants used rocket-propelled grenades and small arms shooting on the villages of Pavlopil, Novotroyitske, Hnutove, Novohryhorivka, Chermalyk, Mykolaivka, Lebedynske, Vodiane and Shyrokyne. Enemy snipers were active in Novotroyitske and the town of Mar’inka. Additionally, infantry fighting vehicles were used to attack Novohryhorivka,” the report says.
In the Luhansk sector, the militants launched grenades shot small arms on the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka and Novozvanivka.
It should be recalled that militants launched 59 attacks on Saturday, 2 soldiers wounded in Donbas.