The largest suppliers were Russia, the USA and Australia. In particular, the Russian coal was imported in the amount of $364,6 mln. American coal coated $231,7 million, while export from Australia was $68,9 mln.
As was mentioned by the head of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn, Ukraine needs 4 million tons of coal for the heating season.
Scandals involving the import of thermal coal in Russia and South Africa took place during last heating season. Ministry of Economic Development declared that African coal that does not meet the technical requirements of Ukrainian boiler rooms, and the prices of imported energy resources were overstated.
Last month Vice Prime minister Valeriy Voshchevsky claimed that Ukraine has agreements on coal imports from South Africa and Kazakhstan.