Ukraine may lose OJSC Luhanskteplovoz, the Front For Change initiative leader MP Arseniy Yatseniuk said, ForUm informs, referring to Kyiv Post.

"In fact we are on the brink of losing Luhanskteplovoz," he said at a meeting with reporters in Luhansk on Wednesday, the Front for Change's press service reported.

"It is striking, but every Ukrainian leader coming to this enterprise promises something. But while the number of promises is growing, the number of locomotives produced by the plant is shrinking," the politician said.

Yatseniuk listed the reasons for the plant's economic problems. According to him, the first reason is a war within the company and the non-transparent privatization of the plant. "I am not taking sides, but if Russians have bought the plant but haven't paid the whole sum, let them pay the rest. If they have bough it legally, then they should become its lawful owners. If the deal doesn't meet the law, break the deal and sell the plant once again. But the plans should have management," Yatseniuk said.

The second cause is related to the foreign markets, the MP believes. "The basic markets for the plant are Russian roads, and Ukraine should seize the initiative. We should offer the privileged trade zone to Russia, which will envisage in particular the preferences for Luhanskteplovoz and its products. This should be firstly a free trade zone and secondly the governmental orders, so that Ukrainian companies had access to the budgetary resources of the Russian Federation," he stressed.

The third cause lies within the internal market, according to Yatseniuk. "We have Ukrzaliznytsia. I understand that it is living through the economic hardships, which are bringing down the volume of transportation and it is subsidizing passenger transportation. But the reequipment of Luhaskteplovoz's locomotive power should be present at least in the company's strategic plans," he concluded.

Luhanskteplovoz produces mainline and shunting diesel locomotives, diesel and electric trains, trams, and spare parts for railway transport.

The owner of a 76% stake in the company of Bryansk engineering Plant managing company, part of Russia's largest railway producer Transmashholding.


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