Ukraine's Coal War: Sales to Loyalists Fund Separatist Fighters

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  • West dependent on regions outside its control for energy
  • Illegal pit mines supplement lost shipments from producers

Just 200 yards from where Malaysia Airlines MH17 crashed last year in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, commerce is winning over war. Miners working in an illegal, hand-dug pit are extracting coal that’s destined to be sold to loyalists in the west. 

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