President Petro Poroshenko joins the initiative of Naftogaz Ukraine, aimed at saving gas, and encourages state institutions and citizens to also lower the temperature in the premises. On March 2, he wrote this on his Facebook page.
The head of state called the initiative of Naftogaz important and one that allows Ukrainians to "rally against the next provocation of the Kremlin."
"By losing to Ukraine at the Stockholm Arbitration, Gazprom reduced by 20 percent the pressure in the gas pipelines on its side to discredit Ukraine. To destroy this scenario, it's enough to reduce the temperature by one degree for a few days in homes. By joining this initiative personally, I also call on all state institutions to reduce the temperature in the premises if possible, I also ask citizens to tighten the heating for a few days only by one degree or avoid the heat losses in the houses as much as possible," wrote the President.
The head of state is convinced that thanks to the unity of Ukrainians, Gazprom's blackmail will be unsuccessful.
We recall, on March 1 in "Gazprom" reported that "Naftogaz of Ukraine" has made an advance payment for the resumption of Russian gas supplies since March. At the same time, Gazprom returned the money, stating that this was due to the lack of an agreed supplementary agreement to the current contract. In "Naftogaz" they called Gazprom's refusal to supply gas with a violation of the agreement and failure to comply with the arbitration decision.
And on March 2 Nadtogaz urged Ukrainians to lower the temperature in the premises by 1-2 degrees to save gas consumption.
Later it became known that the Ministry of Energy transferred generation companies from gas to fuel oil, suspended the work of kindergartens, schools and universities, and recommended that the plan of action of production facilities be revised to save gas resources.
Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman described such actions by Gazprom as "blackmail of Ukraine and Europe" and instructed the leadership of Naftogaz Ukraine to resolve the issue of gas shortage as quickly as possible.