Ukraine's Coal War: Sales to Loyalists Fund Separatist FightersKateryna Choursina, James M. Gomez and Daryna Krasnolutska
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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