After the energy blockade of Crimea was lifted, Ukraine-uncontrolled territories of Donbass resumed supplying coal to thermal power stations.
On December 10, for the first time since 1992 Almaznaya mine of DTEK Dobropolyeugol mined its 1 million tons of coal.
In 2015 Ukraine decreased coal imports from Russia thrice, and increased imports from the South African Republic twice.
In January-November Ukraine produced 61.08 million tons of iron ore concentrate, down by 3% YoY.
Zaporizhstal has received a part of its VAT debt (297 million UAH) and resumed construction of gas-purifying machines at its sinter shop.
In 2015 Ukrainian metal companies are expected to produce 23 million tons of steel, 22 million tons of pig iron and 20 million tons of rolled metal, all down by 15%, 11% and 16% YoY respectively.
Azovstal Iron and Steel Works repairmen have joined Metinvest-PromServis, and that positively affects their salary.
Increase in railroad tariffs would worsen the coal industry crisis, leaving dozens of thousand of miners jobless.
The administration of Lugansk region has reported that due to the halt of the Pervomayskaya mine bilge complex mine waters could cause an industrial disaster.
The Lugansk District Administrative Court named illegal the claims of the State Financial Inspection to recover debts from Lisichanskugol and cancel its agreement to process coal with Processing Factory #105.
In January-November Zaporozhye Iron Ore Complex (Dneprorudnoye, Zaporozhye region) produced 4.1 million tons of iron ore, down by 2.4% YoY.
Zaporozhye Ferro Alloys Plant could stop ferrosilicomanganese exports to Russia altogether if the Eurasian Economic Commission implements the import duty of 26.35%.
On December 1, Metinvest signed a standstill with the group of its creditors on pre-export financing till February 2016.
In January-November Ukraine imported $1509.52 million worth of coal (black coal and anthracite), with $136.52 in November.