In 2017 Ukraine almost by half reduced the usage of anthracite coal compared to 2016. This was reported by the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for Energy and Infrastructure Volodymyr Kistion, the government portal informs.
"Ukraine in 2017 used almost twice less of anthracite group coal compared to 2016. If in 2016 we burned 8.9 million tons of anthracite, last year, according to preliminary estimates, 4.8 million tons of scarce coal were consumed," the report says.
It is noted that 2.3 million tons of A-grade coal was saved by increasing the generation of nuclear power plants and hydroelectric power stations. 1.8 million tons of anthracite is replaced by coal from a gas group that is mined in Ukraine.
As it was reported earlier the anthracite mined in the occupied territories of Luhansk region arrive in Poland according to the documents forged by Russia. According to the newspaper, leader of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnytsky is one of the people who receive the incomings from the sale of the coal.
Coal is exported from occupied Donbas to Turkey through the port in Rostov-on-Don through the head of the escaped from Ukraine oligarch Sergy Kurchenko.