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Ukraine Live Day 308
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukraine Threatens to Cut Electricity to Rebel-Held Territory
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Despite Russia's invasion of eastern Ukraine and the fact that parts of the Donbass are still occupied by Russian-backed separatists, Ukraine still supplies rebel-held territory with electricity and other utilities.

That may soon end if those rebel-held areas do not cut back on their electricity consumption. Due to disruption in coal supplies as a result of the fighting, and due to strained relations with Russia where Ukraine receives much of its natural gas, Ukraine simply may not have enough electricity this winter.

Reuters reports:

"In order to save the power system we need to impose limits on everyone ... there are no regions of Ukraine that will not be subject to rolling blackouts," Deputy Energy Minister Oleksander Svetelyk said at a briefing.

Referring to Donetsk and Luhansk regions, controlled by rebels who want independence from Kiev, Svetelyk said they would have to ration electricity consumption or face being cut off entirely.

"We warned them today that if they don't turn off like the others (regions), we will turn off flows," he said, adding that the country faced a daily deficit of 3,500 megawatts (MW)or 12.5 percent of its needs...

Coal reserves currently stand at 1.5 million tonnes compared with usual winter stocks of 4-5 million tonnes, Svetelyk said.

Ukraine has already cut pensions for those living in rebel-held territory out of concern that the money would fall into rebel hands and would help fuel the war.

-- James Miller