#Official Commentary of Marina Zheynova on raising of electricity tariffs in Ukraine
I am astonished by a will power and patience of the Ukrainian citizens, to relation of which the Ukrainian government has been pursuing a policy of genocide by means of raising tariffs for housing services and utilities. How long it will last – it is a rhetorical question, but, in my opinion, not for long.
The citizens of Krasnoarmeysk, which had been renamed by the Ukrainian authorities as Pokrovsk, sent an appeal to the Ukrainian authorities not to raise tariffs, but it is unlikely that they would be heard.
Moreover, the populist statements of civil servants of Kiev city council about the moratorium on the raising of tariffs do not have a legal force. “The resolution of Kiev Council does not have an influence on tariffs, because it has forfeited a right to impose them unfortunately. According to the IMF, the local councils forfeited the right to set the housing services and utilities’ tariffs. The system used to work like this: local councils set tariffs for services, and regulator, National Energy Regulatory Commission – for goods. The difference between them was compensated by the state budget. The scheme has been changed, and now the only legitimate authority is regulator, National Electric and Public Service Commission, until the opposite is proved in a court,” the co-chairman of Energy Strategies Fund Dmitry Marunich reported. I think it speaks for itself.
So, as it turned out, the 1th of September was not a Day of Knowledge for the Ukrainians, but it was the day of repressions that resulted in another rise of electricity tariffs. Unfortunately, it is not the last rise, because the next one is scheduled for March 2017.
And now, the most economical consumers, who consume up to 100 kilowatt per hour monthly, will pay 71 copecks per kilowatt-hour, while they paid 57 copecks before. The tariff has been raised from 99 copecks to 1 hryvna and 29 copecks for using from 100 to 600 kilowatt-hours. The amount, which exceeds 600 kilowatt-hours in a month, will cost 1 hryvna and 64 copecks instead of the old price 1 hryvna and 56 copecks.
Another round of tariffs’ rises is expected the from the 1th of October, and it is a raise of tariffs for heating. One square meter will cost 36.10 hryvnas. It terrifies the entire population and it can trigger off civil protests.
I would like to note that the tariffs in our Republic are much cheaper even in conversion from rubles to hryvnas at the current exchange rate. For instance, 1 cubic meter of gas costs 2.364 rubles, it is about 1 hryvna to 6.88 hryvnas in Ukraine. The price for heating differs a lot, and the electricity prices (from 150 kilowatt-hours up to 800 kilowatt-hours of consumed amount – Ed.) are 0.33 hryvnas (0.8388 rubles) to 1.29 hryvnas.
We will make every effort to keep this situation in our Republic as long as possible. And in order to save the citizens of the occupied part of the DPR from the Ukrainian genocide policy, we have to join efforts with all those who disagree with the Kiev’s neo-Nazi regime, and there are millions of them.
Marina Zheynova, the deputy of the DPR People’s Council
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