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First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine

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The first batch of U.S. coal sent to Ukraine could open additional doors for bilateral energy trade, the Ukrainian minister of infrastructure said.

Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said Friday that, after declaring a state of emergency because of coal blockades in eastern Ukraine, his country was supported with the arrival of U.S. coal.

"My dream is that other ships coming from United States would bring Tesla cars and other electric cars, and we would supply electrical batteries and high-tech components to the USA, then this cooperation will be even stronger and more promising," he said in a statement.

U.S. Cabinet officials, the U.S. envoy to Ukraine and representatives from XCoal were on hand for the first shipment of coal in late August from a Pennsylvania facility to Ukrainian energy company Centrenergo.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said U.S. coal would serve as a secure and reliable form of energy for Ukrainian consumers. Omelyan added it would help counter "Russian aggression."

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