The head of "Gazprom export" Alexander Medvedev said that there is a high Risk to the flow of gas transit to the European Union via Ukraine due to the lack of gas in underground storage (UGS), even on comparison with the previous year.
"The risk of transit issues due to the lack of gas in underground storage In the current year is very high, because even in comparison with the previous year - nedostatochno more than 3 billion cubic meters," according to the news Agency.
On 24 October, Russia's permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said that Ukraine is due to insufficient injection of gas in underground storage in the case not even the coldest winter may be forced to take Russian gas from the transit pipeline into the European Union, risking a new gas crisis. On October 17, Ukrtransgas stated that Ukraine has completed the gas injection and the beginning of the selection of underground gas storage (UGS). 20 October the Head of "Naftogaz of Ukraine" Andriy KOBOLEV said that Ukraine will continue to buy gas in the EU and in October plans to purchase 1, 3–1, 4 billion cubic meters. October 13, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said that Ukraine has sufficient reserves of natural gas and electricity during the heating period and are ready to him. Deputy head of "Naftogaz of Ukraine" Sergey Fracture said the country is in the heating season with stocks of 14, 7 billion cubic meters of gas. While Gazprom had previously stated that the target for Ukraine is at the level of 17 billion cubic meters. There noted that if the underground storage "Naftogaz" will not be filled to such a level, in case of a cold winter there will be problems. 5 Oct party Opposition bloc said about the possible disruption of the heating season in Ukraine due to insufficient reserves of gas and coal. And on Tuesday, in Yuzhnoukrainsk the Nikolaev canceled classes in educational institutions due to the lack of heating. The print edition GLANCE, wrote extensively about failed preparations for winter in Ukraine.