Last month, Ukraine increased the volumes of gas in its underground gas storages. NJSC Naftogaz-Ukraine reported this May 2.
In April, the gas reserves in storages grew up by 659 million cubic meters of blue fuel. As of April 30, the overall volume made 9.4 billion cubic meters.
This is the necessary measure to get ready for the next heating season, the company explained. In order to provide a stable heating season in 2019-2020, Ukraine will need some 30 billion cubic meters of gas in the underground storages.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin earlier claimed that Ukraine could have left without gas if the gas transit over this country's' territory shuts down. “What if there is no transit? The reverse is a virtual one, and how has our gas, which goes to Western Europe, been constructed from a Soviet-era gas pipeline? There is a branch from the transit gas pipe to the whole of Ukraine. The professionals know it perfectly well, but the people have no clue about that,” the Russian leader outlined.