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Russia, Ukraine Downplay Energy Standoff

Nov. 30, 2015 After power was cut off in Russian-controlled Crimea, the Kremlin suspended coal shipments to Ukraine, but both countries have downplayed the dispute.

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An energy crisis is growing in Ukraine and Russian-controlled Crimea, but both sides are suspiciously nonchalant. Much of Crimea lacks electricity, as a power cut enters its second week. Meanwhile, following the suspension of coal shipments from Russia and rebel-controlled territories, Ukraine only has enough coal to meet energy demand for 45-50 days, raising the specter of shortages during the winter. Ukraine generally imports anthracite coal, found in eastern Ukraine and countries such as Russia, South Africa and Australia. If this supply does not come from Russia, therefore, new shipments will take weeks to arrive, while Ukraine’s limited port infrastructure cannot accommodate the amount of coal-laden vessels needed to fully meet demand.

Ukraine’s energy minister has declared that once one of the four power lines running to Crimea begins functioning again, coal shipments to Ukraine will resume, but he provided no details as to why he is confident Moscow would restore coal sup

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