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Oleg Voloshyn: The only chance for Ukraine to avoid an energy catastrophe is to improve relations with Russia and Belarus


“President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and his team bear personal responsibility for the energy crisis that Ukraine is now on the verge of – for Ukrainians it will be the coldest, and possibly the darkest winter in recent decades,” Oleg Voloshyn, MP for the OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE party said on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada session meeting.

The parliamentarian stressed that Ukraine would not survive this winter with the available energy resources. Even if the government buys expensive coal in South Africa or the United States to the maximum, then next year there will be no money left for usual regular purchases.

“Now they are trying to somehow keep the tariffs, taking the money that is needed to modernize the systems. This is absurd. This is the catastrophic situation today, in which the authorities do not want to admit. It will be a very tough winter. Getting through this winter is a challenge for all of us. It’s a shame. There is an energy crisis in all countries in Europe, but there is a question – is it expensive or cheap, and we have a question whether there will be anything at all at any price. The President is responsible for this and for everything in the country,” MP Voloshyn said.

The lawmaker is confident that the only chance for Ukraine to avoid an energy catastrophe is to improve relations with Russia and Belarus.  
“All puppets like Shmygal, the Minister of Energy – these people are subordinate to the Office of the President. Zelensky is accountable if the batteries are cold and the houses may not have electricity. School breaks will be extended as long as necessary so as not to drown. This will be one of the coldest winters in the past decade. I’m not scaring anyone, that’s a fact. A big catastrophe is coming, the authorities have failed everything, an energy crisis. Today they bowed to Belarus, although recently in this hall they called Lukashenko a dictator. Tomorrow they will go to negotiate with the Kremlin. I see no chance for Ukraine to go through this winter without normalizing relations with Russia. We will not be able to resolve the issue of supplying coal from Donbas without an agreement with Moscow,” the politician said.

In conclusion, Oleg Voloshyn noted that the current government is a “Titanic”, and yesterday’s revelations of the ex-Minister for internal affairs Arsen Avakov is another torpedo into the side of a sinking ship.

Опубликовано: 5 November 2021