President Volodymyr Zelensky promised that there would be no coal shortage in Ukraine, even in the context of the global energy crisis. This was stated in a video message of the head of state to Ukrainians, which was made public by his press service on November 15.
"In addition to our Ukrainian coal, there will be seven Panamax ships that are already sailing and will arrive in Ukrainian ports in the near future. The coal we ship by sea completely covers the energy needs by the end of this year. If necessary, our same actions will close the need by the end of the entire heating season," Zelensky said.
He denied information about Kyiv's purchase of coal from militants in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas.
"Some TV channels, under the guise of various arguments, actively condemn it. Although, in my opinion, the convicts should be those who bought it in unrecognized territories in previous years. We do not pay and will not pay those who do not recognize our independence, and we are taking the first step towards full energy independence of Ukraine," Volodymyr Zelenskyi said.
As it was reported on October 19, every second power unit of Ukraine’s Centrenergo State Company is not working due to lack of fuel - coal and natural gas.
The Donetsk region Slovianska TPP stopped working due to lack of coal.
At the end of October, more than half of the 12 Ukrainian thermal power plants had lower coal reserves than the forecast balance of Ukraine's unified energy system.
Head of the Parliamentary Committee for Energy and Housing Services and Utilities Andriy Gerus stated that Russia will stop supplying thermal coal to Ukraine from November 1.
Press secretary of the delegation of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Maria Kovshar announced Kyiv’s desire to purchase energy resources in the uncontrolled territories.
The Ukrainian delegation to the TCG denied the words of the LPR representatives, but factually confirmed them.