Transport Minister proclaimed Donetsk national Republic semen Kuzmenko said that Kiev has no alternative supplies of coal from Donbass.
"other suppliers of coal, besides us, in the near future Ukraine will not find. All these bravura statements of Ukrainian politicians about a possible purchase in South Africa or New Zealand - not more than than cheap populism, " he said, reports Donetsk news Agency.
Kuzmenko also said that coal supplies to Ukraine are actively, there " daily departs about one hundred 60-ton cars."" I think adequate citizens on both sides understand that Kiev has no other alternative but to cooperate with the Donbas. And All attempts to find a replacement - the path to nowhere, " he added. On Tuesday it was announced that the accumulation of coal in the warehouses of Ukrainian thermal power plants fell below the thresholds, amounting to 800 thousand tons of coal on the status at the beginning of April. Before that, the Minister of energy And coal industry of Ukraine Volodymyr demchyshyn said that the Kiev authorities now control only 35 mines of 95, the rest are under the control of militias in the Donbass. on March 13, Minister of energy of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn said that the coal from the territory of the DND AND LNR began again to be delivered to Ukraine. Russia also supplies electricity And coal to Ukraine from December 26. However, on April 17, Deputy head of the Ministry of energy of Ukraine Oleksandr svetlik said about the plans of Kiev not to import coal electricity before the end of the year. 5 April, the security Service of Ukraine opened a criminal case under the criminal code against the company in Cherkasy oblast, which bought coal in the Donbass.