Sustained protests, which began on Monday, November 12, have taken place in cities nationwide after Naftogaz, the state-owned oil company, raised gas prices on November 1 and threatened to halt supply to utility companies until they clear debts or pay in advance. Thousands marched across the southern and central provinces, which are most affected by the move, including in Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region) and in Smila (Cherkasy region) on Tuesday, November 13. Officials in Smila are considering a state of emergency due to service cuts. According to reports, some protesters threatened to occupy power plants and utility offices until service is restored. Demonstrations also took place in front of the Cabinet of Ministers building and Naftogaz headquarters in Kyiv on November 14. A heightened security presence is expected near demonstrations in the coming days.
Gas prices have risen over the past two months, including a 23 percent increase on November 1 and a planned 15 percent increase scheduled for December 15, as a condition of IMF loans. Naftogaz has reportedly cut gas service in at least six towns and cities with a combined population of 1 million people.
Individuals in Ukraine are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, and avoid public demonstrations as a precaution.
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