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    Donetsk to Give Up Ukrainian Fuel by End of January: Ministry

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    According to an official of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, the southeastern Ukrainian region has found fuel suppliers in neighboring countries.

    MOSCOW, January 5 (Sputnik) — The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Ministry of Coal and Energy will completely replace the supply of Ukrainian fuel by the end of January, Sergey Ladygin, the Ministry's Department of Fuel Director, told RIA Novosti Monday.

    "We have found suppliers from other countries, our eastern neighbors. At the moment, there are several of such suppliers," Ladygin said.

    Ladygin also noted that the decision would result in a notable decrease in the price of fuel.

    "When we have used fuel from Ukraine, businesses have been taxed twice. They [the businesses] have been paying taxes to Ukraine and to the DPR. Now the businesses will pay taxes only to the DPR," Ladygin noted.

    The question of mutual fuel supply between Ukraine and the DPR has been debated since April after the Donetsk region proclaimed itself an independent state. Donetsk was one of two eastern Ukraine's regions which refused to recognize the legitimacy of the government following the February coup in Kiev.

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