The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) recorded one more case of large-scale illegal shipment of Ukrainian coal.
"At the international border crossing between Ukraine and the Russian Federation in “LPR”-controlled Dolzhanskoe (84km south of Luhansk), the SMM observed 120 civilian trucks and trailers waiting to cross into the Russian Federation. The SMM saw that all trailers were loaded with coal. The SMM spoke to one truck driver who said that usually he had to wait for 24 hours, while sometimes it took 48 hours to proceed to cross the border," as stated in the latest SMM report.
The observers also informed on a queue of 65-70 vehicles, mainly civilian. They were waiting to cross into the Russian Federation at the international border between Ukraine and Russian Federation in “LPR”-controlled Chervonopartyzansk (64km south-east of Luhansk).
Ukrainian coal is uncontrollably transported to Russia from the territories, which are not controleld by the government (Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics). OSCE representatives constantly witness the high number of trucks, including intense cargo truck traffic at both BCPs and dumper trucks transporting coal from the Luhansk region to Russia.