Electricity tariffs for the population were increased by 25 per cent in Ukraine, starting from Friday, according to Itar-Tass. Now they amount to 24.5 kopecks (one dollar is equal to 5.05 hrivnas) per kilowatt-hour. A corresponding resolution was adopted by the Ukrainian National Commission for the Regulation of Power Engineering on July 20.

      This is the second increase of electricity tariffs for the Ukrainian population this year. The next one is expected to take place on January 1, 2007.

      Ukrainian officials from the energy sector explain the increase of the electricity tariffs by the fact that the industry is loss-making. At the same time, Ukraine exports electricity to the neighbouring countries at a price ranging from 13 to 20 kopecks per kilowatt-hour.