With Russia’s Rosneft cutting diesel supplies to Ukraine, traders plan to increase diesel imports in May from Belarus, Lithuania, Hungary and Turkey,

 Ukraine’s Economy Ministry reports after meeting with “key stakeholders of the oil and gas market.” Yesterday, two companies won tenders to supply diesel to Ukrzaliznytsia. In addition to using diesel to power half of its locomotives, the state railroad has 1,300 tanker cars, enough to move about one third of Ukraine’s annual imports of 7 million tons.

Russia’s Rosneft stopped supplying diesel through pipelines and rail cars to Ukraine on April 1

, Reuters reported in a story based on interviews with five traders. Rosneft does not plan to resume supplies next month and Belarus’ Mozyr refinery plans to cut supplies to Ukraine by 37% next month as it undergoes planned maintenance. Ukraine consumes 7 million tons of diesel a year, importing two thirds from Russia and Belarus. In 2019, Ukraine bought four million tons of diesel from Belarus, paying $2.4 billion. Efforts to compensate with sea and rail shipments are not