Russian government decided to provide uninterrupted supplies of electricity to Luhansk region in Ukraine in respect that Kyiv terminated electric power supply for the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic”. Boris Gryzlov, the permanent representative of Russia in the Minsk trilateral contact group, said that, Interfax reported.
“In accordance with the action of Ukraine, Russian government took the decision to provide electric power supply from the side of the Russian Federation in the frames of the humanitarian aid,” Gryzlov said.
Apart from that, according to him the situation with the power cutoff is “within the number of other actions, that tear away separate regions of Donbas from Ukraine”.
"I’d like to note that the citizens of Donbas do not have the possibility to pay for electricity consumed in the circumstances of deliberate economic blockade. This issue will be discussed tomorrow of course during the meeting of contact group and the economic subgroup," underlined Gryzlov.
“But how is it possible to struggle from Minsk or Luhansk against deliberate, politically motivated and absolutely contradicting Minsk agreement, when the Ukrainian side is not ready to perceive them as Ukrainian citizens with equal rights?” said the Russian envoy.
He also informed that the there is no limitation of the consumers in Luhansk region at the moment.
Earlier it was reported that Ukraine cut off electricity in occupied territories. Ukrenergo say the decision was made because of the debt for electricity supplied. The debt of Luhansk Energy Association (LEO) is 185 billion dollars and in Donetsk region is around 220 billion dollars, according to George Tuka, Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons.