The Ministry of Energy of Ukraine has reached an agreement with the Ministry of Finance on the urgent repayment of wage arrears to miners for the current year.
"Funds in the amount of 836.5 million hryvnia will go to the accounts of coal mining enterprises in the coming days," the Ministry of Energy said, adding that they are making every effort to solve the current problems of the coal industry and pay wages to miners.
The ministry noted the constructive position of trade union leaders aimed at cooperation and joint search for solutions to pressing issues, but stated that "politicization and groundless protests lead to the creation of an artificial crisis and negatively affect the reputation of the industry."
Earlier it was reported that the reform of the coal industry in Ukraine, in which part of the state mines will be transferred to the company "Centrenergo" and privatized along with it, will be completed by 2030.
The essence of the reform is that of the 33 state mines that are now located on the territory controlled by Kiev, part of it should be transferred to Centrenergo and privatized along with it, and the other part of the mines should be privatized separately or closed.