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Ukraine is closing all kindergartens, schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions to prevent an energy crisis in connection with Russian gas giant Gazprom's refusal to supply natural gas to Ukraine as of March 1, 2018.

"Under a [Cabinet] order, starting from today, it was recommended or rather instructed to completely suspend work at kindergartens, schools and higher educational institutions until March 6 inclusively," Ukrainian Energy and Coal Minister Ihor Nasalyk announced in parliament on Friday, March 2.

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It is also recommended to review the temperature regime at these institutions so that it could be within the minimum acceptable standards.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers on Friday, March 2, enacted its energy crisis response action plan and instructed power generating companies to switch from natural gas to boiler oil.

The action plan, which has been introduced due to Russian gas giant Gazprom's refusal to supply gas to Ukraine as of March 1, 2018, will be in effect for five days so far.