Observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) stated that they had fixed 60 railcars with coal in the occupied territory of the Luhansk region, which moved in the direction of Russia.
Observers explained that on January 13, they monitored the checkpoint at the border near Voznesenovka (Krasnopartizansk), the Mission’s report said by a specified date.
The members of the patrol, in particular, saw 4 railcars (1 with Ukrainian numbers and 3 with Russian ones) and 1 truck with Ukrainian numbers drove into Ukraine.
On the same day, at the railway station in Voznesenovka, the Mission team saw more than 60 railcars, including 12 fuel tanks - previously, all were empty.
“Observers also saw 60 railcars with coal was moving in the direction of the border with Russia. In the last railcar they saw two armed members of militias (from “LPR”,– ed.). After about 10 minutes, two members of militias who were present at the railway station asked the SMM patrol to leave the area”, the OSCE reported.
It should be noted that last year, Maxim Timchenko, the Head of DTEK (the largest coal miner in Ukraine who lost anthracite mines in the occupied territory of Donbass), said that the EU sold about 2 million tons of coal from the occupied Donbass to Russia.
At the same time, in 2018, Ukraine imported 60% of all coal from Russia, paying for it $1 billion 821.693 million.
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