Ukraine is banning the import of electricity from Belarus and Russia for four months, until Oct. 1.

“We remember our experience last winter,” Valeriy Tarasiuk, chairman of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission of Ukraine yesterday told  a public meeting. After power stations ran short of coal, the government imported electricity, first from Belarus in January, then from Russia in February. The move to stop electricity imports started before Belarus forced down the Ryanair passenger jet on Sunday. President Zelensky seeks to make Energoatom, Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear power producer, profitable. Responsible for producing half of Ukraine’s electricity, Energoatom

The EU may place sanctions on Belarus exports of potash, the soil nutrient used to improve crops

, Bloomberg has reported. One of the world’s largest suppliers of potash, Belarus supplies about 25% of the region’s demand. The legal framework for ‘targeted economic sanctions” are being drafted for presentation to EU foreign ministers at their scheduled June 21 meeting. Yesterday, exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya spoke to the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee and urged the EU to ban exports of potash, oil products and timber, as well as to stop lending to Belarusian banks.