Due to the shortage of fuel, Ukraine is forced to buy it even from Belgium and the Netherlands, today all imports are from the EU, Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said in an interview with the Financial Times, writes UNN.
Kubrakov noted that Ukraine is now getting fuel “where we can get it from.”
“All of our imports are from the EU. Previously, we used only the countries closest to Ukraine and ports in Poland and Romania, now we import from Belgium, the Netherlands,” he said.
Ukraine has been forced to look for alternative sources of fuel as the Russian invasion hit its traditional supply routes, leaving the country with a severe gasoline shortage. For example, a Russian naval blockade has prevented imports from Azerbaijan and Romania across the Black Sea, while Belarus, once a major supplier, no longer supplies fuel after its ruler, Alexander Lukashenko, allowed his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to use his country as a springboard for attacks on Ukraine.
Due to lack of gasoline, some gas stations began to close, Ukraine has become dependent on delivery by freight and rail transport across the border.
Thus, up to 230 fuel trucks are imported into Ukraine across the border every day, and new agreements with the EU and Poland, in particular, are aimed at simplifying customs and border control procedures so that trucks do not stand in lines for many kilometers.
Before the war, Ukraine imported only 5% of its fuel through the borders with Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, according to the deputy head of the OP Rostislav Shurma. This figure is currently 100 percent. According to him, Kyiv has already increased the capacity at its borders with the EU tenfold and wants to double it more.
The increase in imports from Europe has partially reduced the deficit after its peak in May. Serhiy Kuyun, head of the A-95 consulting group, said that the number of diesel fuel suppliers has more than doubled over the past month, although the supply of propane-butane and gasoline is growing more slowly.
Ukraine is going to import up to 600,000 tons in June fuel from Europe is ten times more than the 60,000 tons it imported in March.
Kubrakov expressed hope that the situation will stabilize by autumn, when Kyiv signs more long-term contracts with foreign suppliers.< /p>