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KIEV, February 1 (Itar-Tass) — Ukraine has enough energy to meet the population’s needs, Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov said at a government session on Wednesday.
“We are ready for this. We have considerable gas, coal and oil reserves that will make the work of heating facilities effective,” the Ukrainian prime minister said.
Azarov urged power engineers to immediately respond to accidents related to the unexpected power cuts. The prime minister also called on citizens to save energy as much as possible. “I want to ask citizens to do their best to save heat, hot water and electric power,” he said.
Speaking at the session, First Vice-Prime Minister Andrei Kluyev said, “Now the country has enough energy-generating equipment.” In his words, in the past 24 hours about 138 million cubic metres of natural gas have been taken out of underground storage facilities. “We’ve imported at least 128 million cubic metres. The country’s gas transport system works without fail,” the vice-prime minister said.
According to weather observers in certain regions of Ukraine air temperature can reach minus 30 degrees Celsius or more.