No more gas prices hike, - Ukraine's Prime Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Cabinet of Minister decided to increase gas prices by 23,5% since November 1
11:27, 23 October 2018

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Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman stated that there would not be another gas prices increaseHe said it on an air of ICTV in Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech, - ed.) TV show, as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“Another price increase by 35% is out of the question, it won’t happen as it is unacceptable for the Ukrainians. And here I am with people,” Groysman said.

Besides, as he noted, the gas prices were increased less than the IMF demanded.

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According to Ukraine’s Government, since November 1, gas prices will be increased by 23,5%. Therefore, the Cabinet of Ministers set a gas price for the population, that is $305 per thousand cubic meters.

As it was reported earlier, Volodymyr Groysman claimed that the heating season in Ukraine officially starts on October 15, but the local authorities can decide on the beginning of heating supply to the houses taking into account the actual weather condition. 

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Earlier, in 2017 the capital’s authority decided to terminate cooperation with Kyivenergo, which was transferred to a new enterprise Kyivteploenergo. In April, the representatives of Kyivenergo stated that all the staff will switch over to Kyivteploenergo. 

It was expected that the municipal enterprise will cover the receivables and payables of the company. However, on July 19 Kyiv Commercial Court refused to change Kyivenergo to Kyivteploenergo as a respondent concerning Kyivenergo’s debts. 

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In its turn, Naftogaz stopped gas supply in Kyiv due to Kyivenergo’s debts, which make almost $178,5 million. Due to these debts, Naftogaz refuses to sign the contract with Kyivteploenergo on gas supply with the result that hot water supply in Kyiv was switched off. 


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