In 2015 Ukraine decreased power-generating coal output by 38.8% YoY.
“The fall will continue this year, and the next. If this is not stopped, the whole coal industry will be destroyed. If its is destroyed, we will have to import expensive coal”, says the International Miners Union of Ukraine chairman Mikhail Volynets.
Ukraine has been suffering from coal shortage after the war started in Donbass, where all anthracite mines are situated. This heating season Ukraine has made 2 purchases of South African coal. (Ukrainian metal)