The Ministry of Energy assesses relations between Ukraine and Russia in the energy sector as a state of war. Particularly, this opinion was expressed by Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine Maksym Nemchynov.
"They (the Russians - ed.) are doing everything to make us feel this crisis even more," the deputy minister stated.
According to the official, Moscow is blocking the import of coal from Kazakhstan, not allowing rail cars to enter Ukraine, and is doing it deliberately. Moreover, the Russian-booked capacity for gas transit through the Ukrainian gas transmission system is constantly decreasing.
On November 4, Andriy Gerus, the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Energy and Household Utilities and the MP from Servant of the People claimed that Russia has put a halt on the transit of coal from Kazakhstan to Ukraine.
However, it was stated that the limitation of the transit of Kazakh coal across Russia to Ukraine occurred due to the overload of the working capacities on the Russian side.
On October 18, it was reported that the Russian majority state-owned multinational energy corporation refused to reserve additional transit capacity through Ukraine for November.
Besides, Russia's Gazprom reduced gas transit to the European Union through Ukraine to 57 million cubic meters per day from November 1.
However, on November 11, Gazprom returned to the contractual daily volumes of gas transit through Ukraine of 109 million cubic meters of gas per day.