: Ukraine resumes railway coal transportation from occupied territories in Donbas

16:37 Jun. 30, 2016

Ukraine resumes railway coal transportation from occupied territories in Donbas

Photo source: UNIAN

Hot weather exhausts coal storages of Ukrainian heat power plants 

Ukraine is planning to restore cargo traffic from the militant-occupied territories in the Donbas region, according to Vadym Chernysh, Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine. He noted no passenger transportations will be re-established.

"I mean a coal delivery, which the country needs, especially during a heat wave, when everyone turns on air conditioning," the Minister explained.

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The Minister said freight transportation had been resumed in some areas, not far from the contact line.

Chernysh added the railway traffic cannot be fully safeguarded because of the continuous fighting, however, "owing to the efforts of the OSCE special monitoring mission and arrangements at the level of states Ukraine and Russia in Minsk, a relative security can be guaranteed at some hauls where the coal is railed."

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State-owned energy company Ukrenergo reports anthracite coal reserves at Ukrainian thermal power plants decreased by 17.5% - down to 334,600 tonnes - within June 21-29, 2016. This is the lowest number since last June when heat power plants had over 300,000 tonnes of that type of fuel.

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