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SHCHERBYNIVKA, Ukraine – In the harsh cold, less than a dozen Ukrainian veterans of Russia’s ongoing war huddle around a fire near the remote train station of Kryvy Torets, an hour’s drive from Ukraine’s frontlines and 700 kilometers southeast of Kyiv.

Late on Feb. 11, the Ukrainian nationalists stopped and are now detaining, a 50-wagon train carrying nearly 5,000 tons of anthracite coal from Russian-controlled territory into Ukrainian-controlled territory.

The former volunteer fighters say they will not leave until all trade ceases between government-controlled Ukraine and separatist-controlled areas. Since Jan. 25, the activists have blockaded three out of the seven railway lines that carry coal to and from the occupied territories.

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Lambrecht Albert van Marion

It's ridiculous that this is happening. The average Ukrainian has to struggle to survive increasing utility rates and now electricity will be cut off during parts of the day due this
situiation.

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