Some companies in the occupied territories that mine the coal pay a 47-percent tax to the pseudo authorities that are in control of parts of Luhansk Oblast, according to Ukraine’s SBU security service. Some of that money goes to pay the Russian-backed fighters who almost every day kill Ukrainian soldiers.
The Ukrainian government is, effectively, helping to pay the salaries of the enemy’s troops.
On the other hand, by continuing to buy coal from the occupied territories, Ukraine is helping to support thousands of Ukrainian miners there who would have no other means of support. Without work at the mines, some of them could well end up on the front line, drawing a fighter’s pay for battling the Ukrainian armed forces.