Ukraine spends $200 mln monthly on gas and electricity in ATO area
Ukraine’s prime minister has denied allegations that the Ukrainian government is ready to abandon the militant-occupied parts of eastern Ukraine after suspending payments of salaries and pensions in areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government.
"That is not true. We still supply gas and electricity. It costs $200 million a month,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said in an interview with the German weekly Spiegel, according to a posting on the government portal.
“Those who have registered can receive funds in other regions. We cannot make payments or replenish ATMs, because terrorists are robbing the vehicles that transport money.”
As UNIAN reported earlier, the former minister of energy and coal industry, Yuriy Prodan, stated that the militant-occupied areas of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions would need about 1 billion cubic meters of natural gas for the 2014-2015 heating season.