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KIEV, August 18. /TASS/. Coal production in Ukraine decreased by 53.2% in January-July 2015 compared with the same period in 2014 to 15.5 mln tonnes, the country’s state statistics service Gosstat reported on Tuesday.
In July, "2.2 mln tonnes of coal were produced, which is only 58% of July 2014 figures," the report said.
Gas production went down by 2.3% in the first 7 months of the year to 11.3 bln cubic meters, oil output dropped by 10.4% in the reporting period to 1.082 mln tonnes.
Earlier Ukraine’s energy and coal industry minister Vladimir Demchishin said the country’s state-owned mines suffered losses of $94.8 mln in the first half of 2015 largely due to low coal mining figures. "The main problem is there is no mining because salaries and wages are main costs. People could mine more if they have [required] equipment," Demchishin said. Auditors from Ernst&Young also confirmed negative financial performance, Demchishin said. Coal companies sustain costs of paying salaries to miners but these are not compensated by operations of mines, the minister added.