heating season, Ukraine will save an additional sum of US$ 2 billion, we used
to pay to the Russian Gazprom for which Russia bought
tanks and supplied weapons and their mercenaries for the military aggression
against Ukraine", said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk in 10
minutes TV program on Sunday, December 13.
reminded that there had been debates that allegedly the government's energy
reform wouldn’t have a result and that there wouldn’t be enough gas in our
storages to endure the winter: "Our achievement is every day we consume
gas by 25% less than last year. Thus, every day we pay for gas by US$ 11
"There were aired
threats that we would not endure the winter and would freeze to death, as
Russia was to turn off gas, while we had no other source of supply. Not to
mention the price of gas, which was US$ 500 per thousand
cubic meters. Now we have got rid of the Russian gas domination", said
He stressed that Ukraine
buys gas from European companies at a twofold price - an average of US$ 250 per
thousand cubic meters.
"We have filled
our gas storage facilities. We have paid off the debts. And we have filed a
lawsuit against Russia in court for the unfair gas contract and for the unfair
contract on natural gas transit via the territory of Ukraine", explained
the Head of Government.
"We were intimidated
that through the reform of the energy sector and the introduction of balanced
market tariffs the people wouldn’t have heat in the house and wouldn’t have an
opportunity to pay by these tariffs. We introduced a program of energy
subsidies, in the success of which very few believed, but which has become real,"
Already 5 million
of Ukrainian households, almost 15 million citizens obtain direct assistance
from the state "to pay the market and well-balanced tariffs, if the
Ukrainian family needs that": "And whoever earns a lot, whoever has a
large house, whoever has high income, must learn to save and pay himself, instead of at the expense of the poor".