KIEV (Sputnik) – The first freight of an anthracite coal from the US has been delivered to Ukraine's port of Yuzhnyy, located near the southern city of Odessa, the port’s press service said Wednesday in a statement.
"The ship Ocean Ambitious moored to the handling terminal Sea Commercial Port ‘Yuzhnyy’ on September 13 at 2:15 a.m. [23:15 GMT on Tuesday]. There are 62,000 tons of US power generating coal for the Centrenergo thermal power plant on board of the bulk freighter," the statement said.
The fossil fuel will be unloaded within three days, according to the statement.
— Ukraine News (@UaNews_online) 13 сентября 2017 г
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko praised the delivery calling it a significant contribution to the country’s energy security.
“As agreed with [US] President [Donald] Trump, the first American coal has reached Ukraine. It is a significant contribution to our energy security and vivid proof of mutually beneficial strategic cooperation between our two nations,” Poroshenko wrote on his Facebook page and Twitter account.
Ukraine has been experiencing a severe deficit in anthracite, the most in-demand and high-quality type of coal in the country. This shortfall within Ukraine's power plants is having a bad knock on effect on the country’s households.
The energy crisis occurred when the government prohibited trade with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine, where most of the country's coal mines are located.
The coal crisis is rooted in the conflict-fraught relationship between Kiev and the self-proclaimed republics that rejected the new government that came to power as the result of the Euromaidan protests, considering it to be a coup d'état.