Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal announced a partial closure of debts to miners. He said this on the air of one of the TV channels, as the government portal reports.
"We agreed, and the president promised at the All-Ukrainian meeting of miners to pay off half of their debts in March. Indeed, yesterday or the day before, debts in the amount of 654 million were handed over to accounts, including the Pervomaisk mine administration. This is the first step," the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister said that for several weeks now, the government has been working with the World Bank to develop a program of equitable transformation of coal regions. According to him, it is a long-term program, which stipulates that even the natural mine closure will involve planning the future of this territory.
As we reported before, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky ordered the Cabinet of Ministers to pay arrears in the payment of wages of the coal miners. If the government fails to do it, the President threatens to leave it without a salary.
According to Zelensky, the arrears exceeded one billion hryvnias ($40.8 million USD) and might continue to grow.