Ukraine`s oil and gas giant NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine has denied any reports about gas supplies from Russia-occupied Crimea to Ukraine`s mainland after the Kremlin`s press service said on November 12 that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered the supply of gas from the Crimean peninsula to the Ukrainian town of Henichesk in Kherson region.
Naftogaz insists that since the beginning of the occupation, Henichesk has been provided with gas produced locally, at the Strilkove deposit near Arabatska Strilka (Arabat Spit) in Kherson region.
”The daily output of the Strilkove deposit is more than enough to cover Henichesk`s current needs. No gas is being supplied from the occupied territory of Crimea. Statements about the gas supplies are false,” Naftogaz wrote on Facebook.
As UNIAN reported, while meeting with de-facto head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov, Putin ordered gas shipments from the occupied peninsula to Ukraine`s Henichesk, the Kremlin`s press service said on November 12. Aksyonov informed Putin there had been requests from residents of Henichesk for the supply of gas from Crimea.
Head of Henichesk State District Administration Oleksandr Vorobyov in turn denied the Kremlin`s reports. He said that there are no needs for additional gas supplies to the town.
Later, PJSC Ukrtransgaz, a subsidiary of Naftogaz, said that Henichesk is provided with locally produced gas. Ukraine does not receive any gas from the occupied territory of Crimea, it said.