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Energy minister upbeat, creates crisis center

No blackouts, assures Nasalyk.

The Minster for Energy and Coal Ihor Nasalyk refutes the rumors about the possibility of massive power outages in Ukrainian homes and announced the creation of a crisis centre under the ministry.

"Recently, online publications have alleged that [Ukraine] is importing electricity from Russia, that we are in for massive blackouts, and are about to launch gas-fuel oil energy units etc. Nothing of the sort. Over the past six to eight weeks we have managed to group the entire system and have taken some technical solutions to address all issues," Nasalyk said on the air of NewsOne channel on 14 July.

"We do not import a single kilowatt of electricity, we do not run gas and fuel oil units, and we have no rolling blackouts," assured the minister. "And we are not having any of that in the future."

Nasalyk said an energy crisis center has been created on his initiative, which will promptly resolve all pressing issues as they arise.

A similar crisis center worked in 2014 with the current Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman at the head.