OREANDA-NEWS. In the current heating season, Ukraine will buy mainly American and Polish coal, First Deputy Energy Minister Yuriy Vlasenko said in an interview with the Espresso channel.

"To date, a large volume of coal has been contracted in the United States and Poland. Also, some small consignments come from Kazakhstan," the official said.
At the same time, he accused Russia of obstructing supplies from Kazakhstan, which is why Kiev relies more on Polish and American fuel.

According to him, the country intends to purchase about two million tons.

At the end of October, it became known that due to growing domestic needs, Moscow from November 1 ceases to export thermal coal to Ukraine, with the exception of coking coal.

According to the Ukrenergo company, the reserves of raw materials at the country's thermal power plants as of that date amounted to 542.8 thousand tons. The Ministry of Energy announced plans to import another 562 thousand tons, of which 200 thousand were contracted by the state company "Centrenergo".

As the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the European Solidarity faction Aleksey Goncharenko said on Wednesday, there are 447,900 tons of coal in the warehouses of thermal power plants, which is 310,400 tons less than the guaranteed reserves. In addition, 62 power units are not working at all.