Kommersant: Russian coal to Ukraine stopped to pass the border

Kommersant: Russian coal to Ukraine stopped to pass the border

Russian customs misses to Ukraine coal, fuel, shipping, does not meet obstacles, said the newspaper “Kommersant” sources in the industry.

MOSCOW, 25 Nov. Russia stopped the supply of coal to Ukraine, writes “Kommersant”, citing sources in the energy industry.

According to the representative of one of the coal companies, the Russian customs misses to the Ukrainian consumers nor energy, nor coking coal. This was confirmed by the interlocutors “Kommersant” among the operators, adding that the fuel that goes through Ukraine to third countries, does not meet with obstacles.

Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak recently, it has been suggested that the cessation of supply of coal may be one of retaliation against Ukraine after blackout in Crimea in the night of Sunday, the Peninsula was completely de-energized because of the erosion in the South Ukraine transmission towers. However, a source in the Russian government assured the publication that the directives on this subject yet, the press service of the FCS stated that it had no information, and the Railways have assured that gas curtailment to the Ukraine no.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s Republic fully suspended supplies of coal to Kiev-controlled territory, said Tuesday the Minister of transport DND semen Kuzmenko.

Ukraine because of the conflict in the Donbass lost most of the mines. On uncontrollable Kiev territories were the most profitable mines, and companies, remaining under the control of the authorities of Ukraine, produce unprofitable gas and coal. Delivery of coal from the zone of military operation is complicated due to destroyed infrastructure, in particular, because of the damage the explosions of the railroad. Kiev is forced to import coal from South Africa and Russia.