War. Politics. Business. Where these three intersect, strange things can happen.
It is, on the face of it, bizarre that after three years of war, Ukraine is still buying coal from mining companies in areas of Ukraine that have been overrun and seized by Russian-backed forces.
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.