Contents tagged with coal

  • Ukrainian authorities oppose blockade of the Donbas

    On the 16th of February a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) was urgently convened on account of the situation with the shipment of coal from the uncontrolled Donbas territories. At the end of January, war veterans in the Donbas blockaded several railway crossings in order to stop trade with separatists. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko thinks that the protesters are undermining the economy and interfering with the reintegration of the uncontrolled regions.

    “They …

  • Ukraine bans the export of anthracite

    Ukraine has blocked the export of anthracite for as long as the state of emergency in the energy sector is in effect, according to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

    “Export is prohibited de-facto, de jure. During the time that the emergency measures are in effect, it cannot be exported,” he said during a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

    Answering a question by Minister of the Interior Arsen Avakov, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Ihor Nasalyk said that only coking coal can be …

  • Ukrainian government declares a state of emergency due to energy situation

    On the 15th of February, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine declared a state of emergency with respect to the country’s energy situation, by issuing an order “to adopt temporary extreme measures in the electric energy market”. According to the authorities, due to the trade blockade in the uncontrolled territories of the Donbas which war veterans have been imposing since the end of January, there is a shortage of the anthracite coal used by the thermal power plants in Ukraine.

    Prime Minister …

  • A State of Emergency in the Energy Sector: Will Ukraine Have Electricity, Given the Coal Blockade in the Donbas?

    At a meeting of staff working on the energy crisis, the Ukrainian Minister of Energy, Ihor Nasalyk, announced that his agency, the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal Mining, has decided to introduce a decree for government consideration that declares the country’s power grid to be in an a state of emergency due to the anthracite coal deficit. The coal deficit has been caused by the commercial blockade of the uncontrolled territories (where anthracite is mined), which war veterans of the …

  • Ukraine makes arrangements to buy coal from the US

    According to the Minister of the Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, Ihor Nasalyk, Ukrainian authorities are holding negations regarding the purchase of anthracite coal in the US, reported.

    “I have information that negotiations are now being held regarding the shipment of one million tons of anthracite coal from the US to Ukraine,” the minister said at a press conference.

    Nasalyk specified that negotiations are being held with private companies.

    The minister also noted …

  • Ukrainian Minister: Ukraine can stop buying coal from the separatist republics

     Ukraine can do without the coal that it buys from the uncontrolled territories of the LPR and DPR, as stated by the Infrastructure Minister, Volodymyr Omelyan, during an informal meeting with bloggers and experts, as reported by the Chetverta Vlada news agency.

    At the same time, the Minister stressed that the purchase of coal from the separatist-held territories is a political decision that will be taken by the country's leadership.

    "There is a political decision that we buy coal from those …