"Today ‘Centrenergo’, as far as I know, is shipping the first batch from Kuzbas [the Kuznetsk Basin in southwestern Siberia, Russia],” Volodymyr Demchyshyn said at the meeting of anti-crisis energy headquarters.
He added that some 200,000 metric tons of the coal would be delivered to Ukraine in the near future with the first freight cars to arrive in the country until the end of August.
In July, Demchyshyn said that Ukraine did not have the money required to buy enough coal and gas in preparation for the heating season.
Ukrainian mines are predominately located in eastern Ukraine, an area of confrontation between Kiev and the Donbass republics. Many of the mines are under the control of the Donetsk People's Republic.