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Ukraine imposes temporary emergency mode in energy sector
08:44, 17 February 2017
Ukraine imposes temporary emergency mode in energy sector

The government ordered to save energy due to the ongoing blockade of coal supplies from Donbas

08:44, 17 February 2017

EPA / UPG

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers introduced an emergency mode in the energy sector; it will be running for a month, until mid-March 2017. The respective document, approved on February 15 may be found at the government’s website.

‘Due to the blocking of cargo supplies of the hard anthracite coal, the Cabinet decided to agree on the offer of the Energy and Coal Production Ministry to impose the temporary  emergency mode in the energy sector – so as to ensure and support stable and reliable operation of Ukraine’s united energy system, and to avoid any disproportions in production and consumption of electric power’, the document reads.     

The trade blockade of Donbas began in January 2017; Ukrainian volunteers and beterans of the Donbas conflict block some rail- and roadways to prevent further trade between Ukraine-controlled territories and the occupied areas controlled by the Russia-sponsored militants.

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