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At a time when Ukraine is in danger, Metinvest Group does everything possible to protect its employees, their families and people in the regions where it operates, as well as to ensure uninterrupted operation of its facilities. Life and health of the people remain our highest priority.

 

Read about the current situation at Metinvest Group enterprises and in Ukraine in a special report that is updated on a daily basis in real time. Please bookmark this page and share with friends. Stay calm and trust only official sources of information.

 

I have said many times and I repeat again that our common goal is a strong, peaceful, independent, integral Ukraine within internationally recognised borders. Everyone in their own area must do their best to strengthen the country

Rinat Akhmetov.

BREAKING NEWS

31 May 11:00

Germany expands humanitarian assistance for Ukraine as a part of the Saving Lives project

The Do It Together Foundation of the Saving Lives humanitarian project signed a memorandum of cooperation with Agritrade Ukraine, which is acting as the Coordination Centre for the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. This is the first strategic partnership between Germany and Ukraine as part of the Saving Livings project. More information here.

27 May 11:00

Metinvest Informs of Pirates from the Russian Federation

On 24 February 2022, the Russian military aggression against Ukraine began. Much of the fighting has taken place in Mariupol, which is currently under Russian occupation. On the first day of the war, metallurgical products produced at Metinvest Group’s Azovstal and Ilyich Steel iron and steel plants were in the port of Mariupol. These steel products were to be exported to buyers from various countries, including Spain, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Portugal and Turkey.

At the time of the military invasion, several commercial vessels were in the waters of the port of Mariupol. They had already been loaded with 28,000 tonnes of steel. There is a high risk that the aggressor will use these vessels to steal and smuggle metallurgical products belonging to Metinvest Group. Read more.

25 May 18:00

Metinvest delivers drones, helmets and night vision devices to Ukraine’s defenders 

Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novinskyi's Metinvest Group delivered another shipment of aid to the Ukrainian Army. This time the country’s defenders received more than 60 drones and 50 sets of night vision devices and special helmets worth a total of UAH 10 million. More information here.

 

23 May 16:00

Zaporizhstal Masters New Products

Zaporizhstal specialists have mastered the production of cold-rolled coils that are double the standard weight without a weld. The first lot of new coils has been shipped for the construction sector.

This year, Zaporizhstal has started producing its first new type of products: cold-rolled coils with a size of 1.5-2.0 х 1,370-1,500 millimetres that are double the standard weight without a weld. The enterprise has already shipped 3,600 tonnes of these new coils for the construction sector. Zaporizhstal employees note that even in such tough times аs these, they are ready to develop and support the economy of Ukraine. More information here.

 

20 May 10:00

Metinvest Supplies 1,000 Special-Purpose Gear Kits for Armed Forces of Ukraine 

Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novynskyi’s Metinvest Group has delivered modern gear to the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence to protect soldiers on the front line and help them to perform tactical tasks more effectively. The total value of the 1,000 special kits of bulletproof vests, helmets and night vision systems is US$2.5 million.
More information here.

 

14 May 15:00

Metinvest announces its operational results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2022

1Q2022: ✓ Crude steel – 1,962 (-8% y-o-y), ✓ Iron ore concentrate – 6,128 (-21% y-o-y), ✓ Coking coal concentrate – 1,276 (29% y-o-y). Read the full release here.

 

5 May 19:00

ALMOST UAH 1.2 BILLION OVER 70 DAYS – METINVEST'S AID TO UKRAINE AND UKRAINIANS

Beginning on February 24, Metinvest Group has been restructuring its work. According to the decision of shareholders Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novynskyi, in addition to supporting the economic stability of #Ukraine, the Group has channelled all of its resources to help Ukraine and Ukrainians.

Over the more than two months of the war to date, UAH1.176 billion has already been allocated for projects to help our country. Read more information here.

 

5 May 17:00

For about a year now, Zaporizhstal has been producing certified medical oxygen. During this time, the steel workers have supplied over five thousand tonnes of oxygen to the hospitals. The geography of oxygen supply covers almost all of Ukraine.

 

4 May 10:00

Metinvest Group is doing everything possible to save the lives and health of its employees and protect them from enemy shelling. The Group is carrying out the mothballing of Avdiivka Coke and has minimised the number of staff working on the plant's industrial sites. More information here.

 

3 May 19:00

On May 3, at 5:20 p.m., a bus carrying workers from Avdiivka Coke in Donetsk region was fired upon by Russian troops. As a result of a direct hit on the vehicle, 10 plant employees were killed and around 20 were seriously wounded. More information here.

 

1 May 10:00

Defending the country has become a matter for all Ukrainians. While the army is fighting on the front lines, steel makers can take care of their lives even at a distance. For this, Metinvest will supply 100,000 armoured vests for the defenders of Ukraine.

 

29 April 17:00

Yuriy Ryzhenkov: We are here to win. The victory will come to Ukraine and then families will be reunited

Ukrainian fighters and civilians have been hunkered down in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. President Putin said there is no need for his troops to storm the plant but has ordered a blockade, so that in his words “a fly could not get through”. That plant’s owners, Metinvest, which has facilities throughout Ukraine, once had around 40,000 employees in Mariupol; 4,300 workers of the Azovstal plant have escaped. Metinvest accounted for 45% of Ukraine’s crude steel output last year. Now, it’s focused on getting aid and equipment to Ukrainian troops on the frontlines. Yuriy Ryzhenkov joins us now. He is the CEO of Metinvest Holding. Read full interview here.

 

28 April 12:00

Rinat Akhmetov: "I am proud that Azovstal is our bastion of resistance in Mariupol 

Rinat Akhmetov's package of businesses includes many companies. However, it is his steel and mining facilities run by Metinvest that are threatened the most by the Russian invasion. Among other assets, Metinvest owns the Azovstal steelmaking plant. 2,000 Ukrainian fighters, including members of the Azov battalion accused by Moscow of being "neo-Nazis", as well as hundreds of civilians, are still holed up in bunkers under the factory. Rinat Akhmetov answered Le Temps' questions in writing.
Read full story here.

 

26 April 18:00

Ukrainian military receives drones from Metinvest Group

Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novynskyi’s Metinvest Group has purchased DJI Air 2S Fly More Combo and DJI Air Mavic 3 Fly More Combo drones for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and transferred them to the east of the country. The nearly two dozen drones will strengthen the military’s tactical advantage. The Group has also donated night vision devices and thermal imagers to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Read more here.

 

21 April 10:00

Metinvest Group intends to employ the majority of steelworkers and maintenance personnel who have moved to areas under Ukrainian control 

The Group is looking after the vital needs of employees from Mariupol. All of those who have moved to the cities where Metinvest Group has operations can be temporarily accommodated at facilities prepared for this purpose and receive humanitarian aid, including food kits, clothes, accessories for children and essential household items. In addition, employees can count on medical and psychological support. More information here.

 

20 April 17:00

UKRAINE'S RICHEST MAN VOWS TO REBUILD BESIEGED MARIUPOL

Ukraine's richest man has pledged to help rebuild the besieged city of Mariupol, a place close to his heart where he owns two vast steelworks that he says will once again compete globally. Read more here.

 

20 April 11:00

Metinvest to supply 90 000 armoured vests to the defenders of Ukraine

Since the beginning of the war, Metinvest has provided protective equipment to the soldiers of the AFU and territorial defence of Ukraine. We both produce and buy the essentials for both front- and defensive lines, from bulletproof vests, helmets and medical supplies to anti-tank and anti-ship obstacles. Read more here.

 

17 April 18:00

Metinvest to Supply 90,000 Armoured Vests to the Defenders of Ukraine 

Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novinskyi’s Metinvest Group will donate 900 tonnes of steel, sufficient for the production of about 80,000 armoured vests for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the territorial defence forces. Another 10,000 armoured vests were purchased from outside Ukraine as part of the procurement of finished body armour. Read more here.

 

11 April 10:30

The Saving Lives Humanitarian Project Is Operating at Kamet Steel 

Metinvest and DTEK, together with the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, launched the Saving Lives humanitarian project to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine. Together with our international partners, we have organised the purchase, delivery and transfer of food, medicines and essential goods to people in need.

In Kamianske, as well as other cities where the companies operate, a humanitarian hub is in operation and receiving cargo shipments with aid. These are essential goods, food and medicines. And volunteers, employees of Kamet Steel, unload, aggregate, sort and distribute humanitarian aid to where it is most needed. Full story here.

 

11 April 09:00

Metinvest and the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation provide comprehensive support for doctors 

Metinvest Group and the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation have been supporting Ukraine’s medical institutions for many years. They buy equipment, repair and upgrade hospitals and purchase medicines. The war has become a new challenge. Doctors are the guardian angels of both soldiers and civilians, but doctors also need help. Read full story here.

 

10 April 15:00

Metinvest’s Humanitarian Mission in Zaporizhia Has Already Processed 1,700 Tonnes of Aid

Metinvest and DTEK, together with the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, launched the Saving Lives humanitarian project to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine. Together with our international partners, we have organised the purchase, delivery and transfer of food, medicines and essential goods to people in need.v Read full story here.

 

5 April 20:00

Metinvest Group has decided to resume the operations of some of Zaporizhstal's shops that have been in hot conservation mode

Metinvest Group's Zaporizhstal has started blowing in blast furnaces No. 3 and and No. 4. The launch of blast furnace production was attended by the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Oleksandr Kubrakov, the Chairman of the Board of Ukrainian Railways; Oleksandr Kamyshyn; and Ukrainian members of parliament.

Read full story here.

 

5 April 18:00

We continue to work to get closer to victory

It's been a week since our last overview of how Metinvest’s enterprises are continuing to operate, but it feels like it's been a month or even two. As usual, we offer you a long-read that is not only 'a lot of words' but also links to more detailed information. It's worth reading, knowing and sharing, so that everyone continues doing their job and can be confident of the coming victory of Ukraine!

Read full story here.

 

5 April 12:00

SCM businesses and the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation donate UAH 1.4 billion in aid to Ukraine and Ukrainian people over 40 days of war

From 24 February 2022 to 4 April 2022, SCM businesses, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, and FC Shakhtar donated about UAH 1.4 billion ($48 million) in aid to Ukraine and Ukrainian people. In particular, this amount includes humanitarian aid (food, medicines, essential items, evacuation, shelters, etc.), as well as support for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Territorial Defence of Ukraine in dozens of towns and cities (clothes, protective gear, medkits, etc.).

All businesses owned by Rinat Akhmetov, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, and FC Shakhtar are doing everything they can to help people, towns and cities, as well as the state to withstand this war with Russia. The humanitarian efforts (areas and volumes of humanitarian aid) are coordinated with the national and local authorities to ensure that aid can reach as many people as possible. Full story here.

 

4 April 18:00

Metinvest Hands Over the First Batch of Protective Equipment for the Territorial Defence Forces in Kyiv Region

Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novynskyi's Metinvest Group delivered 450 sets of armoured vests and helmets to the 114th Territorial Defence Forces of Kyiv region serving on the front line.

The company allocated EUR 10 million for the purchase of protective equipment for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the territorial defence forces. The first batch of 5,000 armoured vests, as well as helmets and first-aid kits, has already been purchased. Read full story here.

 

4 April 16:00

How Kamet Steel works and helps internally displaced persons under war conditions

Dmytro Lyppa, the General Director of Metinvest Group's Kamet Steel, talked in an interview with journalists from Ukraine 24 TV channel about the company's role in supporting the economy of the country, the prospects for the restoration of metallurgical production and assistance to temporarily displaced citizens.

Due to the Russian Federation’s military aggression, millions of Ukrainians have lost their homes and jobs. People are trying to move away from the area of armed conflict to places where life is still relatively peaceful, in particular to Kamianske. Today, the city has become a centre of refuge for internally displaced persons. There is housing, protection and, for many, the prospect of getting a job at Metinvest's metallurgical enterprises. After all, since the beginning of the war, Kamet Steel has been operating at 100% capacity, remaining a reliable partner for citizens and for Ukraine." Read interview here.

 

4 April 12:00

Saving Lives: From the local experience of 2014 to a large-scale, humanitarian mission

Oleksandr Vishnyakov, the Head of the Saving Lives Humanitarian Centre, talked about the primary areas of his work, logistics and international support.

Since 24 February, every Ukrainian has encountered their own “front” – military, economic, medical and civilian. To support the country under difficult conditions, Metinvest and DTEK's businesses, with the support of the Office of the President and in coordination with the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, have created the powerful Saving Lives Humanitarian Centre. At the moment, this organisation is on the “front line” of supporting the lives of people affected by the war. Read full story here.

 

31 March 13:00

Metinvest Group is helping the military and territorial defence forces

Since the first days of the war, Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novynskyi’s Metinvest Group has supported the armed forces of Ukraine, as well as the territorial defence forces in the cities where the Group has operations.

To help the defenders and the defence of the cities, Metinvest Group's enterprises have already manufactured and delivered around 40,000 hedgehog anti-tank obstacles, as well as more than 10,000 studded chains to defend against wheeled vehicles and anti-landing hedgehogs capable of delaying the enemy's advance.

 

29 March 14:00 

Ivan Goltvenko: “It wasn’t a ‘humanitarian corridor’. It was a corridor of terror and suspense.”

Recently, a press event was held in Brussels, where Ukrainians from different cities told their stories of survival and salvation, and talked about the losses suffered by hundreds of thousands of people after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The event was held at the Ukrainian Civil Society Centre in the European Parliament by the Promote Ukraine group. Read full story here.

 

29 March 11:00 

Metinvest Group and the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation have purchased vital medical supplies to provide emergency medical care to people affected by the hostilities. The first batch of more than UAH30 million in medical supplies and equipment has already arrived at the humanitarian hub and will soon be distributed among hospitals in the cities where the Group operates. Read full story here.

 

28 March 19:00

Good evening, we are from Metinvest!

First of all, we are still working. We also continue to do everything we can to support victory.  On all fronts: humanitarian aid, support for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and territorial defence forces and, of course, production. I will break down what we are doing and how geographically. As always, this is #lots_of_text, but it is worth reading, as well as sharing. Information support and raising awareness are needed more than ever. Read full story here.

 

24 March 17:00

We unite for the victory of Ukraine!

Metinvest, UMG, DTEK and other SCM businesses have created a unified national and international network of carriers – the “Logistics Front of Ukraine” – to deliver humanitarian goods during the war.

We are inviting partners to cooperate: we are looking for transport companies and drivers with own cargo transport; buses and drivers with own passenger buses are needed Important! This is work, not volunteering. With each company, vehicle owner or driver, we will sign a contract. More details here.

 

23 March 18:00

More than 10 tonnes of food, hygiene products, medicines and clothing has arrived at Ingulets GOK in Kryvyi Rih

The aid has been collected by the Italian association Zlagoda and Kostyantin Zemlyansky, the CEO of the Young Business Club of Chernivtsi. Metinvest Group provided the cargo transportation.

The goods are intended for people who have suffered as a result of the hostilities, lost their homes or had to leave them behind. Thank you to our partners for all of their support! Read full story here.

 

23 March 16:00 

Southern GOK Is Operating under Wartime Conditions

Southern GOK has been restructured to work under wartime conditions. The plant is delivering on its March plan for the production of iron ore concentrate. The production facilities are being provided with electricity, fuels and lubricants and consumables.

The ore department of Southern GOK is working smoothly. On 16 March, a controlled mass explosion was carried out in the open pit mine, the first since the beginning of the war. The volume of the rock mass prepared for excavation is 350,000 cubic metres. Read full story here.

 

23 March 12:00 

Metinvest Group, together with AV Metal Group and the TRN Plant for Platform Gratings, has begun to manufacture bastions for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the territorial defence forces.

A bastion is a modern barrier structure, a type of gabion used as a simple fortification. Within the boundaries of cities, it is used to create firing positions, checkpoints and protective barriers. In open areas, it helps to quickly protect tents and close off equipment and ammunition depots. Read full story here.

23 March 12:00

Metinvest Joins Forces Its Partners to Help Ukrainians

More than 10 tonnes of food, hygiene products, medicines and clothing has arrived at Ingulets GOK in Kryvyi Rih.  Read full story here.

 

22 March 11:00

Vadym Novynskyi Foundation Provides Support for Zaporizhia Territorial Defence Forces

The Vadym Novynskyi Foundation has responded to a request by the Zaporizhia city authorities to provide financial assistance for purchasing armoured vests, helmets and first-aid kits for territorial defence forces. The foundation transferred US$500,000 to the account of the charitable organisation created for these purposes, enabling the target of US$1.15 million to be reached. Read full story here.

 

21 March 18:00 

The work of Metinvest's enterprises, we continue the battle on the economic and humanitarian fronts. We are not stopping and we keep working, where possible. We continue production, because this is the life of the country. It is the Ukraine's ability to have the strength to fight, to defend itself. Read full story here.

20 March 15:00

Azovstal CEO Enver Tskitishvili gave a detailed overview of the current state of the enterprise and spoke about the possibility of restoring the plant

– Good afternoon, my dear friends. My name is Enver Tskitishvili, and I’m the General Director of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works. This is the first time I am making a video statement for all of those reading the media today. Unfortunately, I had to do it, because I was deeply disturbed by information spread in the media today about the shelling of Azovstal in Mariupol. I carefully watched the video that started circulating on the internet yesterday. I saw how people reacted to it and decided to record this statement for you... Read full story here.

 

19 March 18:00

80 Tonnes of Produce for Humanitarian Food Kits, Purchased by Metinvest and DTEK

80 tonnes of produce for humanitarian food kits, purchased by Metinvest and DTEK, with the support of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, have arrived in Zaporizhia.  Food kits will be assembled from this delivery at a large-scale humanitarian aid distribution centre based at Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novynskyi's Zaporizhstal plant, part of Metinvest Group.

Four train wagons of produce for food kits has arrived in Zaporizhia from Metinvest's international humanitarian hub in Poland. This represents around 80 tonnes of food. Beginning tomorrow, the sorting centre will start to make food kits for the cities that have suffered the most from the aggression of the Russian Federation. More information here.

 

19 March 13:00

Steelmakers and coke-makers of Kamet Steel are operating according to plan

We support Ukraine’s economic front. The steelmakers and coke-makers of Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novynskyi's Kamet Steel, part of Metinvest Group, come to work every day according to the work plan, and the equipment is functioning smoothly. In February, all of the metallurgical shops of Kamet Steel exceeded their production targets for the month. It was possible to ensure the logistics for the shipment of finished products. In March, the work is continuing as usual.

We are making Ukrainian products for the future of the country. We believe in victory!

18 March 20:30

Metinvest volunteers collected 32,601 kg of humanitarian aid

They are united by their desire to save people. Young employees and Metinvest volunteers have already collected 32,601 kilogrammes of humanitarian aid for internally displaced people. They are getting the most necessary items: clothing, personal care products, food and medicines. And Metinvest is helping to provide temporary shelter.  About 6,000 places have been arranged in the cities where the Group has operations.

 

18 March 19:00

Bread

I grew up with a lot of respect for bread. My childhood was spent under the Soviet Union, and I met the independence of Ukraine as a teenager. Different worlds, different me, but still there was always "bread is everything's head".

Well, who as a child did not buy fresh, still hot bread and on the way home did not eat the edges? These are real moments of happiness. I loved the "brick" bread. And the bread heel was just enough one the way home from the store))) Over time, the bakery mix, of course, grew, but this very "brick" - it seems to be the main one)...

Read full story by Oleg Davydenko, Corporate Communications Department Director at Metinvest here.

 

18 March 14:00

Metinvest donates essential medicines to Zaporizhia hospitals

Rinat Akhmetov and Vadim Novinsky’s Metinvest Group have delivered more than 1,610 medical kits to four Zaporizhia hospitals. Metinvest Group has allocated around UAH 700,000 for the purchase of essential medicines. More information here.

 

18 March 11:00

Specialist workers in the blast furnace shop of Zaporizhstal support the operation of equipment in hot conservation mode

The powerful blast furnaces of Zaporizhstal today have been forced sit idle. The main units of the blast furnace shop are in hot conservation mode.

The employees of the plant believe in the victory of Ukraine and perceive the temporary shutdown as a forced pause before pursuing new achievements. In order to ensure the resumption of production in the future, Zaporizhstal’s specialist workers are supporting the operation of the main units in hot conservation mode. More information here.

 

17 March 18:00

Residents from the besieged city of Mariupol arrive in Zaporizhia and bear witness to the hell of the Russian siege

Residents of the besieged city, who managed to escape in their own cars, have reached Zaporizhia. For 20 days, nearly three weeks, they lived in bomb shelters under constant shelling and amid a complete humanitarian blockade enforced by the Russian invaders. More information here.

 

15 March 12:00

Yuriy Ryzhenkov CEO Metinvest for CNN

Yuri Ryzhenkov, CEO Metinvest Group,  told CNN about the company's work during the war, support for employees and residents of the cities of presence. Watch full interview here.

 

13 March 13:00

Metinvest Launches Psychological Support Service for Employees

Metinvest Group cooperates with the Wellbeing Company. A special psychological support service, 'Metinvest Together!', has been set up to help the Group’s employees and their families. Its experts provide free consultations online or by phone that help to reduce anxiety, panic and fear in wartime conditions.

As part of this service, 'Strong Together!' support groups are also available. These are daily online meetings run by crisis intervention specialists. Here, employees receive information on how to support themselves and their loved ones and they can talk to or listen to others.

 

13 March 9:00

UKRMETALLURGPROM DEMANDS EXPULSION OF ALL RUSSIAN COMPANIES FROM WORLD STEEL ASSOCIATION

After the two weeks of war, it became clear that Russian occupants are breaking all possible rules and international agreements, demonstrating a terroristic brutality unprecedented since World War II. The Ukrmetallurgprom association, which brings together Ukraine's leading steel and mining companies, as well as research, design and educational institutes, is appealing to the largest and most authoritative industry association, Worldsteel, to expel all Russian companies from the World Steel Association. We consider them accomplices of the terrorists who finance the war. Their metal has become destructive, intended for the massacre of the Ukrainian people.

Mr. Sajjan Jindal Chairman of the Worldsteel Association

Dr. Edwin BASSON Director General of the Worldsteel Association

Dear Mr. Jindal

Dear Dr. Basson

We appeal to you on behalf of all steelmakers and miners of Ukraine. There is a war going on in our country right now, and millions of innocent Ukrainian lives are being broken. By invading Ukraine and threatening other countries with weapons, Russia is threatening the security of the entire world.

After the two weeks of war, it became clear that Russian occupants are breaking all possible rules and international agreements, demonstrating a terroristic brutality unprecedented since World War II. Infrastructure has been destroyed, residential neighborhoods, hospitals and maternity hospitals, schools and kindergartens are being wiped off the face of the earth, old people, children and women are being shot. Right now, hundreds of people are dying in cold basements without food, water, electricity, having no opportunity to leave the encirclement. 

The Ukrainian people endure the hardships of war with dignity and honor. Ordinary Ukrainians, the state and business unite to resist the Russian aggression. The Ukrainian steelmaking community is helping the Ukrainian Army with all its might, organizing humanitarian aid, providing the efficiency of enterprises where it’s possible and supporting the economy of the country. Many steelmakers and miners joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the territorial defense to defend our Motherland. Bomb shelters of steelmaking and mining facilities have become a second home for the residents of Mariupol, Avdiivka, Kryvyi Rih, Zaporizhzhia and other Ukrainian cities.

Now the whole world is feeling the pain of Ukraine. European businesses are withdrawing from the Russian market; fewer and fewer people and companies want to do business with an unpredictable and aggressive country. Such support is invaluable to us, as it gives us the strength to fight and believe in our victory.

The World Steel Association is the largest and most respected industrial association. Unfortunately, among the members of Worldsteel there are many representatives of the occupants, namely EVRAZ, Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works, METALLOINVEST, NLMK-group, Tube Metallurgical Company (TMK), SEVERSTAL, Russian Steel Association and others.

We consider these Russian companies as accomplices of terrorists, because they finance the war. Their connivance turns the once creative metal into a destructive substance intended for the massacre of the Ukrainian people.

We appeal to you with a request to expel all Russian steelmaking companies from Worldsteel, as they are not worthy to be a part of the global steelmaking community and enjoy the benefits of WSA membership. Your support will be a contribution to our victory and the triumph of justice for the steelmakers and all the people of Ukraine.

Kind regards, 
Oleksandr Kalenkov,
President of the Ukrmetallurgprom association

 

12 March 10:00

Metinvest Group has prepared shelters and assistance for refugees in safe Ukrainian cities

Rinat Akhmetov and Vadim Novinsky’s Metinvest Group is providing shelters for refugees from the most dangerous spots in Ukraine, especially Mariupol. In the cities where the Group has operations, places are being organised for people who will be evacuated in the near future. 

Refugees will be hosted at recreation centres, sanatoriums, healthcare centres and dormitories in Zaporizhia, Kryvyi Rih, Kamianske and Pokrovske. About 5,500 sleeping accommodations will be provided. Metinvest’s volunteers have collected blankets, pillows, linens and other necessities. The Group is buying mattresses. Places have been set up for cooking and eating. The most essential items have been purchased, including drinking water, food and medicine.

Psychologists and doctors will work with internally displaced persons where necessary. Columns with relief consignments and evacuation buses have already been formed in Zaporizhia and are waiting for the opening of a humanitarian corridor to Mariupol. 

"We believe that common sense will prevail on our enemy’s side and humanitarian corridors will work," said Yuriy Ryzhenkov, the CEO of Metinvest Group. “People are desperately waiting for help in cities where there has been continuous shelling for more than a week. Today, Mariupol is simply dying without food, water, and all of this happening amid cold weather. We are ready to help. We know how to help, and most importantly, we can help. We hope that this terrible situation will be resolved in the coming hours and we will be able to save people".

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, Metinvest Group and DTEK have united to help Ukrainians affected by the Russian attack on Ukraine. A hub has been set up in Poland to collect aid from around the world and deliver it to Ukraine. The first 80 tonnes of basic necessities are already on the way to the country. When these supplies arrive at the Zaporizhia Humanitarian Coordination Centre, established at Zaporizhstal, volunteers will sort the goods and repackage them for further transportation to Ukrainian cities to help refugees and Ukrainians injured by the violence.

 

11 March 10:00

SOUTHERN GOK’S TEAM CAN OVERCOME ANY DIFFICULTIES

Southern Mining and Processing Plant (Southern GOK) is enduring difficult times. Due to the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the enterprise has faced a shortage of fuels and lubricants, problems with the supply of consumables and spare parts, and restrictions on the sale of marketable products.

Despite these unprecedented new challenges, Southern GOK is continuing regular operations, extracting ore and producing iron ore concentrate. The plant is on track with the production plan both in terms of volume and quality, while continuing to implement major investment programmes. The plant has not stopped its main projects for the expansion and modernisation of the production process. Moreover, it is taking responsibility for its impact on the environment and has implemented a comprehensive environmental protection plan for 2022.

Since the first days of the war, Southern GOK has been assisting in the territorial defence of Kryvyi Rih. As of 5 March, the plant has handed over 109 anti-tank obstacles, known as hedgehogs, to the city, and another 63 are ready to be sent. Our volunteers are organising the collection of food, warm clothes and basic necessities for the defenders of Kryvbas. Today, Southern GOK has three priorities. First of all, it is committed to protecting the health and lives of its employees. Then, it is ensuring the continuity of production and the regular payment of salaries.

 

10 March 20:00

Amid the war in Ukraine, the authorities, society and business have united in the fight against Russian aggression. In particular, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, Metinvest, DTEK and other SCM companies are helping Ukrainians to survive by providing humanitarian supplies to the affected regions. Rinat Akhmetov, a shareholder in Metinvest Group, spoke about all of this in an interview with the US edition of Forbes.

 

10 March 19:00

The attention of the world is riveted on the war in Ukraine. Yuriy Ryzhenkov, CEO of Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novinsky's Metinvest Group, told the BBC in an interview how the Group's enterprises are operating under these conditions and what they are doing to protect their employees and the residents of the cities where they operate.

 

10 March 18:00

Avdiivka Coke Plant: The Goal Is Survival

As a result of the fighting and the impossible logistical situation, Avdiivka Coke Plant was forced to switch Coke Shops #3 and #4, as well as the second chemical wing (coal preparation and recovery), to conservation mode.

Coke plant No. 1 and Coke battery No. 6 of the second coke plant continue to operate to ensure the production of coke oven gas to heat the furnaces of all the plants. Coke oven gas is also sent to a thermal power plant, where electricity is generated for production purposes. However, due to gas shortages, production was reduced to 6-6.5 megawatts per hour. In addition, despite all of these difficulties, Avdiivka Coke continues to provide heating for the city.

The staff are working to ensure that production continues at the existing shops and are overseeing the conservation of shops that have been forced to switch to downtime. They are working to protect the integrity of the masonry and carrying out the maintenance of the furnace facilities and equipment. Some employees are continuing to work on a daily schedule of 22 to 24 hours. Technical experts are also working in shifts to ensure the preservation of the mothballed equipment. A portion of the administrative staff are working remotely.

The safety of workers is being provided for by seven shelters with a total capacity for 2,500 people. As about 700 factory employees are currently working in shifts, there are enough places for everyone. The warehouses have generators, first aid kits, drinking water and food. 

The Group has had problems with the supply of fresh water. Currently, Avdiivka Coke is fed from bio ponds, factory storage tanks and wells. Metinvest Group is doing everything possible to support the Group's employees and salaries and benefits continue to be paid.

 

10 March 16:00

The first humanitarian aid shipment provided by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has arrived in Zaporizhia. Volunteers from Rinat Akhmetov and Vadim Novinsky’s Metinvest Group will prepare packages of essential items for Ukrainians impacted by the aggression of the Russian Federation. Food packages will include cereals, pasta, water, canned food, condensed milk, oil, sugar, and instant soups and noodles. The first shipments of food supplies, including pasta, cookies and sugar, have just been delivered. We are waiting for the next lorries to arrive.

 

10 March 12:00

Yuriy Ryzhenkov: We are helping the Armed Forces of Ukraine and territorial defence forces and have deployed a humanitarian front

Today, we are focused on the health and lives of our employees and the people who live in the cities where the Group has operations. The second priority is humanitarian aid. The third priority is assistance to the territorial defence forces and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In order to prevent industrial accidents, as soon as hostilities began, we put our enterprises into hot conservation mode. First, we shut down both steel plants in Mariupol, then the same was done in Zaporizhia. When the first missiles hit and the city was bombed, we stopped Zaporizhstal.

At the same time, we still have our Kamet Steel plant in Kamianske, and our mining assets in Kryvyi Rih, with the latter operating at 30-40% of their capacity. Of course, logistics remains the primary constraint and we simply cannot export more.

 

8 March 10:00

Most of Metinvest Group's employees are based in Mariupol. Bomb shelters have been opened at Iyich Steel and Azovstal for the Group's workers, their families and city residents. At this time, bomb shelters are the safest places in the city for people to stay. Mariupol is already experiencing a humanitarian disaster.

Supplies of food, medicines and water have run out. The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, together with Metinvest Group, is trying to deliver essential goods to Mariupol, but the Russians continue to shell the city and prevent the opening of a humanitarian corridor.

The enemy has deliberately destroyed electrical substations and Mariupol has been without electricity, water and heat for a week now. Natural gas was available until recently. However, the Russian aggressors severed the gas pipeline and have deprived people of the last thing that remained of civilisation, and this has occurred as the outside temperatures have regularly gone below freezing.

Homes and social facilities have been destroyed, retail outlets have been wiped out, pharmacies have been looted. There is no food, no water, no medicines. And all of this is taking place under continuous shelling. By besieging Mariupol, the enemy is committing a real genocide against the Ukrainian people.

 

7 March 10:00

Shipment of humanitarian aid organised by Metinvest and DTEK has left Romania for Ukraine

Metinvest Group and DTEK, in cooperation with the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and with the support of the Office of the President of Ukraine and local municipalities, have sent the first 60 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Ukraine from Romania. The aid will go primarily to the cities where SCM Group companies are present and where it is most needed at present.

As a result of this delivery, around 12,800 emergency kits designed to last for one week will be assembled for Ukrainians impacted by Russian military aggression. The kits will include porridge, pasta, water, canned food, condensed milk, butter, sugar, soups and instant noodles.

At present, Metinvest Group, DTEK and the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation are doing everything possible to save lives and prevent a humanitarian disaster in Ukraine. In addition to Romania, the first deliveries of humanitarian aid will be organised from Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and the Baltic states.

Metinvest and DTEK are also buying food in Europe for Ukrainians impacted by the war. A hub has been set up in Poland to consolidate aid and send it to Ukraine by rail. Special trains have already been prepared in Ukraine to receive humanitarian aid from the EU countries. All humanitarian aid collected by Metinvest and DTEK will be provided to humanitarian headquarters that have been established in all Ukrainian regions.

Metinvest has also asked its partners, companies and organisations in Ukraine and abroad to send medicines, foodstuffs, clothes, women's and children's hygiene products, and electrical appliances to help Ukrainians.

This initiative does not provide for individual one-off donations, rather it is focused on large-scale humanitarian aid. The company can only accept it in large consignments at present: in the format of cargo, packed on 120x80 cm euro-pallets or in containers with delivery to the terminal.

The following products and basic necessities are keenly needed at the moment:

Cereals of all kinds, pasta, oat flakes, tinned meat, fish and pates, canned meat, canned vegetables, condensed milk and nut pastes, biscuits/galets/nuts/nuts/dried fruit/butters, porridges and instant soups, matches, flour, sunflower oil, sugar, salt, tea, coffee, baby food, baby formula, infant formula, electric kettles, water, disinfectants, disposable dishes, nappies (diapers), sanitary napkins, toothpaste, brushes and toilet paper.

If you know of any companies, enterprises or other organisations in Ukraine and abroad that are ready to provide humanitarian aid in large quantities and join the initiative of Metinvest and DTEK, please let us know about them.

Contact for feedback: Yegor Ponomarenko +38 (067) 5100 167, Egor.Ponomarenko@metinvestholding.com.

 

6 March 10:00

Rinat Akhmetov: "We are helping the Ukrainian army to protect sovereignty, and the Ukrainians – to withstand".

Shareholder of SCM commented on the Russia's invasion of Ukraine for Ukrainska Pravda. The businessman and president of the Shakhtar football club noted that Ukraine has always been a peaceful country. 

“Ukraine has never attacked anyone. And today Russia is destroying villages, cities, infrastructure, killing civilians. Russia, of course, is an aggressor country. Putin is a war criminal,” Rinat Akhmetov stressed.

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and all SCM businesses have joined forces to help the country.

"We are helping Ukraine, the Ukrainian army to protect the sovereignty of our country and win, and the Ukrainians - to survive and withstand," said businessman Rinat Akhmetov.

Now all business contacts with Russia have been severed and there is no any interest there and cannot be.

 

5 March 12:00

Statement by Metinvest Group

Separatist media outlets are again spreading false information about the situation in Mariupol, in particular about Metinvest Group enterprises in the city. According to absolutely untrustworthy sources, the special forces of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic were able to seize most of the territory of Ilyich Steel. The Group states that this information is absolutely false, its plants remain under Ukrainian control, and there are no enemy-occupied units at any of its enterprises. Moreover, the Ilyich Steel and Azovstal plants are currently some of the safest places in Mariupol and where local residents seek protection from the Russian Army’s shelling and bombing of the city.

This hoax is yet another attempt by Russian forces to destabilise the situation in Ukraine, and it is clear that it will not be the last such effort. Mariupol is in a difficult situation. Therefore, alongside the shelling, Russian troops are also waging an information war. Metinvest appeals to all journalists to double-check all the information they receive with official sources.

Reliable information can be obtained from the Group's official channels. Here is a link to a special report on the Metinvest Media news portal. It provides a daily update about the situation in Ukraine and at Metinvest Group enterprises.

You can get real-time updates from our Telegram Channel: t.me/metinvest, as well as by following our official social media accounts here:

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5 March 10:00

Metinvest Group will support Ukraine's territorial defence

Metinvest Group will buy military protective equipment, including body armour, helmets and first-aid kits, for Ukraine's territorial defence. The Group has allocated EUR10 million for this purpose. The purchase will be made in several stages.  The entire country now stands united in the fight for Ukraine’s victory in this senseless war. Today we need to support our citizens in the territorial defence units who are protecting our cities, hospitals and our homes. During the first stage of the purchase, Metinvest will acquire 2,800 Polish-made bulletproof vests providing level 3 and level 4 protection and 500 first-aid kits manufactured in Turkey. The second stage will also include the purchase of flak jackets, first-aid kits and protective helmets for members of the territorial defence units. Territorial defence is Ukraine’s pillar and pride. We know that this protective equipment will help protect the health and lives of our defenders.

 

4 March 12:00

S&P Global Ratings has downgraded Ukrainian steel and pig iron producers amid Russia's military actions in Ukraine. The long-term credit ratings of Metinvest was downgraded to "B-" from "B" and "B+", respectively, and the company was placed on CreditWatch with a negative outlook.

 

3 March 18:00

Avdiivka Coke continues to operate, with a portion of the production facilities in conservation mode

Due to the hostilities and insurmountable logistical issues, Avdiivka Coke has been forced to transition the second, third and fourth coke shops, and the second chemical wing (coal preparation and recovery) into conservation mode.

Currently, some employees continue to work around the clock. Technical staff are working in shifts to ensure the preservation of production equipment. Remaining employees are currently experiencing downtime. Part of the administrative staff is also working remotely.

Metinvest Group does its best to support its employees and continues to pay salaries and benefits.

 

3 March 15:00

THE SITUATION AT METINVEST GROUP’S MARIUPOL ENTERPRISES AS OF 3 MARCH

It has been a week since production was halted at all Metinvest Group enterprises in Mariupol. Ilyich Steel, Azovstal, Metinvest-Promservice, and the Mariupol Machining and Repair Plant only have staff on hand to maintain the equipment and ensure there are no accidents.

Today, there is no question of resuming work, as Mariupol remains without power and communications due to Russia's military invasion of Ukraine. Emergency teams are doing their best and are repairing equipment damaged by enemy fire. There are no communications in the city at the moment, but we are hopeful they will be restored soon.

Metinvest Group is ready to deliver food and essentials to Mariupol at any time. However, the worst thing that the enemy is doing is preventing the opening of humanitarian corridors. As a result, they are creating a humanitarian disaster in Mariupol.

Volunteers from our enterprises have rallied together to help the residents of Mariupol and nearby communities who have been left homeless. They have collected warm clothes and delivered food. The Group has provided accommodation and meals for over 130 people at the Chaika Hotel.

The Group’s enterprises in Mariupol are also helping our military with fuel. We work in the knowledge that Ukraine will be victorious!

 

3 March  10:00

APPEAL TO MINERS AND STEELWORKERS IN RUSSIA

To our Russian colleagues: not long ago, we called you our friends and brothers. We attended the same schools and sat through the same university lectures. We stood side-by-side as we operated furnaces to produce steel and mined ore from the depths. Please hear this truth, which we could never have thought possible. This is the truth that we, your Ukrainian colleagues, want to tell you.

It has been almost a week since columns with tonnes of heavy armour monsters began trying to break through, bringing gloom and death. Thousands of bombs are falling on Ukrainian cities; they are being shelled by missiles and artillery of all types and calibres. Ukrainian men, soldiers and those enrolled in the territorial defence are being killed. But the most devastating thing is that our children, women and elderly people are under fire and are dying every day, every hour and every minute. Thousands of families are losing their homes and trying to flee from their cities and villages in Ukraine. This is a full-scale war, which your leaders in Russia falsely call a ‘special operation’ to hide its true extent.

When Hitler began waging a war of aggression against our nations on 22 June 1941, he also tried to avoid using the word ‘war’ in his speech. He instead spoke of an operation that aimed solely to defend against the Soviet threat. Today, 75 years later, does this sound familiar, Russian colleagues.

The heavy armour bearing down on us was smelted by the hardworking hands of the steelworkers at Magnitogorsk and Severstal using the ore that you mined in Russia. We are being shelled by the non-ferrous metal of Norilsk and Krasnoyarsk. The missiles and military jets that kill our people are made from your steel. The most grieving thing to see is that these jets and tanks are operated by your children, young guys who are barely 19 or 20 years old.

The steel capital of Ukraine – the border city of Mariupol, which has become one of the most prosperous cities of the Donbas area – is under fire today. Residential neighbourhoods are being razed to the ground, and civilians are suffering and dying. The Russian army is shelling it from all sides, hitting residential and civilian targets, aiming its missiles at the city center. Three schools have already been bombed.

Do you agree with this? Do you support the regime that sends your people to certain death and kills our children? If not, why do you stay silent?

Read full letter here.

 

2 March 10:00

Metinvest to arrange humanitarian aid for Ukrainians from Europe

Metinvest and DTEK, which are part of Ukraine's largest SCM Group, with the participation of Rinat Akhmetov's Foundation, will soon be sending humanitarian aid from Europe to Ukrainian cities affected by the Russian military aggression. Across Europe, many people and organizations have united to help Ukraine by raising money, collecting food and medicines.

The first deliveries will come from the Netherlands, Germany, Romania, Poland and Italy. The list of countries is constantly expanding. Metinvest and DTEK will also buy provisions in Europe to help the affected Ukrainians.

A hub will be set up in Poland to consolidate aid and send it to Ukraine. It will be delivered in containers via Ukrainian railways.

 

2 March 10:00

The Whole World Stands with Ukraine!

#WorldForUkraine is a global flash mob to support Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. Volunteers have launched #WorldForUkraine as a platform to showcase the sheer scale of the world's response to Russian aggression.

In the digital world, it is an interactive map of public support for Ukrainians under the hashtag #WorldForUkraine – rallies, flash mobs and protests around the world. In the physical dimension, it is your opportunity to take to the streets and declare: “No to Putin's aggression, no to war.”

Large Ukrainian businesses have already joined the greater movement and are helping Ukrainians impacted by the war. For example, Metinvest Group provides refugees and the victims of hostilities with the basic necessities - food, clothes, hygiene products and also helps those in need with temporary housing. The Group supports volunteer organisations in the cities where it operates and finances humanitarian aid. Join the #WorldForUkraine project and contribute to Ukraine’s victorious resistance against Russia’s bloody aggression.

 

1 March 17:00

Declaration of Force Majeure for Clients and Partners

Dear Clients and Partners! We regret to inform you that, like many other Ukrainian and Ukraine-related companies, Metinvest companies are facing what we consider to be a Force Majeure situation.

The ongoing hostilities in Ukraine, military blockades of sea ports, destruction or threat to land infrastructures could impair the performance of our contractual obligations. As of 24 February 2022, 05:30 (GMT+2), martial law has been introduced all over Ukraine. In addition, the National Bank of Ukraine imposed moratorium on cross-border payments, which may also impede our contractual payments into and out of Ukraine.

Please consider the above as a declaration of Force Majeure.

The facts of Force majeure are confirmed by Letter No. 2024/02.0-7.1 of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine dated 28.02.2022.

 

1 March 15:00

Metinvest continues to supply Ukrainian hospitals with medical oxygen in spite of the active combat situation. Ilyich Steel shipped oxygen for three additional days after switching to hot preservation mode.

Now that Ilyich Steel and Azovstal have been put into hot preservation, hospitals in the Donetsk region, including in Mariupol, will continue to receive oxygen from Zaporizhstal. In addition, we have received a request from the Ministry of Health to supply hospitals with oxygen during the state of emergency.

For our part, we informed the Ministry of Health about the problems with the Mariupol plants, while assuring them that we are ready to make every effort in order to meet the needs of Ukrainian hospitals from our Zaporizhstal and Kametstal facilities.

 

1 March 10:00

Molod Metinvest (the Youth of Metinvest) opens aid collection points for citizens whose homes were damaged as a result of Russian military aggression against Ukraine. Today, our people are in dire need of clothes and shoes, warm clothes, and blankets. Unity and mutual support are especially important these days.