#Official Commentary of Marina Zheynova on illogicality of Ukraine’s energy policy
Frankly speaking, I have no idea what to think about the statement of Igor Nasalik, the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, which concerns with the absence of necessity to ask Russia for help. It feels like Chekhov`s Ward became the prototype of the Ukrainian leadership. Let’s make an attempt to analyze all these allegations and make a diagnosis.
Igor Nasalik, the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, proposed to export electricity to Belarus and Moldova from June 1, 2016. He even prepared a draft resolution for adoption by the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers, but, apparently, it will remain a dead letter, as usual in Ukraine`s case.
Now it is clear what has caused the urgent appeal of Ukraine to Russia for the purchase of electricity, which will cost almost thirty per cent more, than it would be under the contract. By the way, at the beginning of the year Ukraine didn`t long for conducting the contract for delivery of electricity because of the energy blockade of Crimea. In case it is a clever piece of work, there is a possibility, that there would be no such problems in Ukraine, as it is now, there would be no necessity to overpay, although nobody cares about it… I think there is little doubt that all payments will be made by an ordinary citizen, rather than by inefficient management. I won`t be surprised if residential tariffs are raised once again under the guise of this situation. It turns out, that there is nothing to surprise. Today, on July 1, 2016, water and heat tariffs raised by fifty percent.
Let`s look into a matter further. As we know, on May 31, more than a thousand of nuclear workers staged picket near the Presidential Administration and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with the requirements to solve the problems existing in the Energoatom Power Generating Company and prevent problems in the industry at large. According to the statement of Sergey Bozhko, the Chairman of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine, the problems in the Ukrainian nuclear power plants have arisen due to the disconnection of Crimea from electrical grid. As a result, there was a decrease in the volume of electricity purchases. Nuclear workers are forced to abort the operation of nuclear power stations, which can lead to instability in their operation.
Other electricity producers began to carry out current repairs of their facilities, which also resulted in a reduction in the amount of electricity generated. But suddenly, as it always has been, the summer came, and as if no one knew that it would be hot and people would massively use air-conditioning and cooling systems. In its turn, it will result in the increase of electricity consumption, the amount of which is not enough for the stable existence of Ukraine even now.
So no matter how apology for Ukrainian ministers justify themselves, say, they claim to have no problem, we see that all these consequences led to shortage of domestic facilities. Now they have to purchase 600 MW from our brothers, Russian partners. And one should note that neither vaunted Europe, nor the USA came to their aid. Russia agreed to render technological assistance, being the country which has never given up its brothers in spite of their good-for-nothing government. The Russians have once again showed they are ready to cooperate and assist with all their partners and neighbours. In spite of false accusations from the Ukrainian side, Russia hasn`t refused to supply electric power, though this sum of money is not so large to pursue. The situation with coal supplies is the same. “Russia will supply Ukraine with several million tons of coal in 2016”, Alexander Novak stated.
The conclusion is as follows: Russia has once again proved to be a reliable partner. But what about Ukraine? Its leadership as usual has wallowed in lie and corruption, and the evidence of this is the Head of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Andrey Kobolev`s statement that Ukraine is now ready to overpay at will for Russian gas to hateful “Gazprom”.
I`d like to appeal to ordinary Ukrainians: friends, wake up! Rise and demand resignation of the present apology for governors, for they will lead you to such wilds that you`ll have to jump because of frost.
Marina Zheynova, People`s Council Deputy