#Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on latent reason for stopping Ukrainian TPPs

The Slavyanskaya TPP is stopped due to the lack of anthracite coal. Under such a heading, the citizens of Ukraine found out about the event, which, of course, will “lead” the country to welfare and prosperity.

This is the fifth thermal power plant that consumes anthracite, the only one among analogous that continues to work is the Luganskaya TPP located in the town of Schastie.

In the previous comments on the stoppage of the Krivorozhskaya, the Zmievskaya, the Tripolskaya and the Pridneprovskaya TPPs, I was humorous about the words of the Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Igor Nasalik that the TPPs in the Kharkov region are being frozen “due to excessive capacity in the system.” Nevertheless, the true reason for the shutdown of the largest TPPs in Ukraine can really be that the “independent” no longer needs pre-war electricity capability.

The pretext for stopping the TPPs, which is voiced by representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, is carbon-copy – the absence of the necessary anthracite grades. Of course, the problems with the delivery of this grade of coal exist, but, if desired, they are solvable. According to the officials themselves, it can be bought in Russia, South Africa, the United States. The structures, affiliated with the company of Akhmetov, manage to earn good money from this, presenting domestic coal for imported.

In addition, if there is an acute need for operating of at least a few anthracite thermal power plants, Ukraine could supply them with its own coal brands with its own resources. On the part of the DPR territory, temporarily controlled by Ukraine, mines where it is possible to extract the coal of interest still continue to work.

A conclusion arises about the disinterest of the Ukrainian government in ensuring that these power generating facilities work. Why? Due to the sharp drop in production in all major sectors of the Ukrainian industry, there is no electricity consumption in previous volumes. This is the hidden reason which pretty well disguised the official blockade of railway communications between Ukraine and the Republics. It’s an interesting trick by Poroshenko – to substitute the cause for the consequence. The official Kiev knew in advance that coal was not needed to realize its plans.

But what a tough luch – the cold returned to Ukraine. In Dnepropetrovsk, everything is covered up with snow. And three Dnepropetrovsk TPPs are stopped, and the mayor of the city Boris Filatov orders to close all schools. This suggests that Ukraine with today’s tactics can survive only the summer, but not the winter anymore.

Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy

Official website of the DPR People’s Council

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