President Petro Poroshenko has said that the rise in the price of autogas (liquefied petroleum gas, LPG) in Ukraine is part of the hybrid war that Russia is waging against Ukraine.
On a visit to Lviv Region on Wednesday, 30 August, he said that Russia, the main LPG supplier to Ukraine, has terminated or limited gas exports, as in the case of natural gas, "in the context of the hybrid war".
"We have to learn how to live in a hybrid war. We need to establish our own production of liquefied gas to compensate the blocked supplies from the Russian Federation," Poroshenko said.
The president expects the price of liquefied gas to go down by the second half of September.
In late July, the price of autogas in major Ukrainian filling networks jumped 5 hryvnyas (0.19 dollar) to exceed 16.5 hryvnyas per litre. Analysts believe that the price hike was due to the autogas deficit.
On 29 August, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman instructed the relevant departments to look into the situation.
The Antimonopoly Committee opened an investigation.