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#Official Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on ‘planned’ shutdown of Krivorozhskaya TPP

As it was planned earlier, on April 11, another Ukrainian TPP, the Krivorozhskaya one, was stopped. The reason for the halt is the coal deficit, which the Ukrainian energy sector has been experiencing especially acute for about a month and a half due to institutionalized nationalistic antics on the demarcation line.

An ocean of articles is already written about the blockade organized by Ukrainian nationalists, a huge number of opinions and an unlimited number of expert opinions are expressed. However, things haven’t budged an inch. Coal from Donbass ceased to be sent to Ukraine, and therefore the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to extend emergency measures in the energy sector.

The Ukrainian government is frantically pretending that nothing terrible is happening in the country, everything is under control, and the four largest TPPs are shut down in the operating mode, in accordance with the schedule of the power system loads. According to the statement of the acting Head of the state company Ukrenergo Vsevolod Kovalchuk, the work of the stations was terminated “due to low stocks of anthracite coal in warehouses.” Mr. Kovalchuk also added that the heating season in Ukraine had come to an end, therefore, TPPs can safely stop generation without any special consequences for consumers. But most likely, it’s about another matter – massively collapsing production does not really need as much electricity.

However, those very consumers are very worried and want to know whether they have to wait for rolling blackouts. Answering this question, the Minister of Energy of Ukraine Igor Nasalik was extremely brief and mysterious: “There will not be blackouts throughout Ukraine”. It is difficult to understand this ambiguous phrase, and therefore, I personally have a question: if there are no blackouts throughout Ukraine, then in what regions will this happen?

Minister Nasalik also added that the resumption of the TPPs work was expected by mid-May after Ukraine receives coal from South Africa. In addition, the minister said that negotiations were currently under way on the supply of fuel from the United States. The President of Ukraine went further – he suggested that members of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine should consider the possibility of confiscating coal imported from the territory of the Russian Federation, justifying it by the fact that it was mined in the mines of the DPR of the LPR, which means that it should be regarded as “stolen”. I think that the Ukrainian government should also seriously work out a variant of geological surveys on the Moon or on Mars, taking into account the latest statements of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladimir Groysman that “Ukraine has been and remains a space power”.

Today it is very difficult to predict what exactly and when the next energy games of Kiev will end. It seems that the power cut of a number of Ukrainian thermal power plants is also a part of one big project “Ukraine is Europe”, which destroys the Ukrainian industrial sector according to the plan.

Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy

Official website of the DPR People’s Council

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