(QHA) -

Ukraine is planning to import about 1.5 thousand megawatts of electricity from Russia, Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchishin has told the 1+1 TV channel.

"We are at the final stage of import agreements. This will be about an extra 1.5 thousand megawatts," – Demchishin said.

On Sunday, Ukraine's Ministry of Fuel and Energy announced that Kiev had approved temporary electricity import from the neighbouring countries, including Russia.

Last month Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered the country's energy ministry to consider buying electricity from Russia in order to save Ukraine's own resources.

Ukraine is experiencing problems with power generation due to coal shortages. After a military operation was launched by Kiev forces in mid-April against pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Kiev lost access to many coal mines located in the region.

QHA