REUTERS Stocks of coal at Ukrainian thermal power plants (TPPs) shrank by 5.7% June 27 through July 5, 2019, to 1.335 million tonnes. In particular, anthracite reserves decreased by 11.8%, to 329,000 tonnes, according to the Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Ministry&#39;s press service. At the same time, gas grade coal stocks were down 3.5%, to 1.01 million tonnes. Read alsoRussian invaders sell Donbas coal to 19 countries – media UNIAN memo. Hostilities in the eastern regions of Ukraine have caused a significant shortage of coal, primarily that of thermal anthracite group produced in militant-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The energy companies began to transfer the thermal power plants&#39; units from anthracite to gas coal feeding. However, there has been a shortage of the latter since the output of gas coal did not keep pace with its consumption growth. To solve the problem, the companies signed contracts for coal imports from South Africa and the United States.