Gerus, destroying the Ukrainian coal industry – MP

The import of electricity from Russia destroys the domestic generation and the coal industry. Photo: RBC-Ukraine

Chairman of the energy Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Gerus betraying Ukraine’s interests, lobbying for the import of electricity from Russia, which is destroying the domestic generation and the coal industry.

This was stated by MP of Ukraine, Chairman of the Independent trade Union of miners of Ukraine Mikhail Volynets during a briefing in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of January 16, RBC-Ukraine online reports.

“Traitor of Ukraine Andriy Gerus, the Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on energy issues, has contributed to that over the past day supplied Russian electricity to Ukraine in the amount of 3.9 million kilowatts of electricity and 2.2 million kilowatts of electricity delivered through Belarus, the Russian electric power, plus 1.7 million directly. If it will continue to happen, this year Ukraine will produce 6-7 million tons of coal less than in the previous year. Also produced less electricity. Because stop Ukrainian coal mines, with stop blocks of thermal power plants “, – said Volynets.

He noted that due to import Russian current, in which there is no need for our country, the power of domestic power utilities limit, so that they have substantial losses. In turn, the decrease in the production of electricity, domestic thermal power plants reduces the demand for Ukrainian coal, to the detriment also of the coal-mining enterprises.

“Very often, a steady schedule of Russia, including in the night the electricity comes at a time when she actually is excess on the electricity market. And the operator” Ukrenergo “instructs to eliminate the blocks of thermal power plants in Ukraine, and in this regard they bear huge losses, that is, the Ukrainian thermal power plants. Miners who can’t sell Ukrainian coal on its own the Ukrainian market, suffer huge losses, mine are huge losses, and wage arrears to Ukrainian miners is already 1 billion 200 000 000 UAH “, – said Volynets.

The Deputy also noticed that a simple at the energy and coal companies affect the income of local and state budgets, because companies reduce payments to them.

“Local budgets and the Central budget does not receive funds, and funds not deducted in the pension Fund, the social insurance funds. Totally stops everything,” – said Wolyniec.

We will remind, import of electricity from Russia was restored October 1, 2019 due to the “amendment of Gerus”. The volume of Russian electricity supplied to the segment of the market of bilateral contracts has already exceeded 15%. Growth of Russian import reduced the capacity of the Ukrainian power producers.

Earlier, the Federation of employers of fuel and energy complex of Ukraine urged to stop importing electricity from Russia, stressing that the current volume of imports threatens to stop 75% of Ukrainian coal mines and most of the nuclear units.

In December last year, the media reported that the decisions of the courts of NABOO and the security service were obliged to initiate a criminal case against the Chairman of the energy Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Andriy Gerus for treason and abuse of power.