Ukraine produced 2.87 million tonnes of coal in April, up 5.8% year on year, showed data from its Energy and Coal Industry Ministry on May 14.
In January-April, the country's coal output totaled 11.24 million tonnes, a 14% decrease on the year, in which thermal coal output was down by 15.6% to 9.08 million tonnes and coking coal output down 6.7% to 2.16 million tonnes.
Coal production in Donetsk area dropped by 12.1% to 3.94 million tonnes in the first four months, and that in Luhansk tumbled by 86.1% to 199,600 tonnes.
During the four months, Dnipropetrovsk's output amounted to 6.51 million tonnes, down 1.6% on the year; Lviv's output increased 11.1% to 547,900 tonnes; that in Volyn up 2.3% to 40,300 tonnes.
Ukraine was a major producer of anthracite, which has more calorific value than other coal. However, all anthracite mines in Ukraine are located in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which have been controlled by pro-Russian hands since June 2014.
In February 2017, coal supply has been completely cut off by pro-Russian separatists and caused a severe shortage of the fossil fuel.
Ukraine's coal imports jumped 53.9% from a year earlier to 7.43 million tonnes in the first four months this year to fill the shortfall.
In 2017, Ukraine produced 34.92 million tonnes of coal, down 14.5% from 2016.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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