On January 26, Victor Yushchenko telephoned Lugansk Governor Gennadiy Moskal and Crimean Premier Anatoly Burdyugov to discuss municipal problems in these regions, which appeared to be least prepared for unprecedented frosts. They told him what measures the regional authorities were taking to solve these problems.

The Head of State then spoke with ministers to discuss ways to deliver heating supplies to the people and renovate the municipal sector in Ukraine, presidential press office reported.

He particularly insisted that the authorities should resume heating supplies to Alchevsk (Lugansk oblast) and Oleksandriya (Kirovograd oblast). No heating has been delivered to these towns for the past week because the network broke down.

Yushchenko asked Emergency Minister Victor Baloha to help the cities and involve gas welders in fixing the system and then commissioned him to convene a meeting to discuss ways to resolve the heating crisis with the local authorities.

The Head of State also delegated Coal Minister Victor Topolov to visit Oleksandriya to formulate a plan of urgent measures together with representatives from the Emergency Ministry and Architecture Ministry.

The President ordered Naftogaz Chairman Oleksiy Ivchenko to resume gas supplies to Crimea.

When speaking with Anatoly Burdyugov, Yushchenko wanted to learn about potential aftermath of this disaster for the agrarian sector. The Premier assured him that there was no need to worry. The President commissioned the local authorities to formulate a complex program on energy efficiency and asked them to use alternative energy and increase the production of gas.

Then he delegated Deputy Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Matviyenko to personally control the situation in the regions to more effectively coordinate central and local government agencies. 


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