The disruption to Ukrainian coal mines and coal production in the eastern Donbass region, caused by the deepening conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, has led to a severe shortage of coal.
According to Reuters, in face of this coal shortage, prime minister of Ukraine, Arseny Yatseniuk, said the country would import 1 million t of coal from South Africa.
"They [the rebels] bombed our main coal mines [...] and so the government has already signed an agreement on the supply of one million tonnes of coal from South Africa," Yatseniuk told a televised cabinet session.
"The first vessel is loading now," he added.
Edited from various sources by Sam Dodson
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