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PM: no state company buys coal from Russia

"The government takes all measures to diversify energy supplies."

PM: no state company buys coal from Russia
Photo: Photo: Vladyslav Musienko

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman assured the parliament that no Ukrainian state company buys coal from Russia.

"The second thing is that the government is taking all measures to diversify coal supplies. Thirdly, we are replacing coal, especially the anthracite group, with other types of fuel," the head of government said during the government hour in the Verkhovna Rada on 23 June.

In this connection, Groysman again warned lawmakers against the attempts to block railroads and demanded not to "flaunt their immunity".

In the first quarter of 2017, coal imports from Russia to Ukraine accounted for over 221 thousand tons from 413 thousand tons of coal exports. In Q1, 72.9 thousand tons of coal from SAR were supplied to Ukrainian power stations, 221.6 thousand tons from the Russian Federation, and 118.9 thousand tons of coal from Poland.

Ukraine has to import coal became of Russian aggression in Donbas, as a result of which Ukrainian anthracite mines came under the control of separatists.