The Security Sevice of Ukraine (SBU) blocked a large-scale financing mechanism for the militants of so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics through the illegal extraction of coal in the occupied territories and its further supply to Ukraine and European countries. It is reported by the SBU press center.
"Special services operatives have established that the organizers of the deal registered a number of commercial structures in Ukraine. Through them, dealers delivered products to Ukrainian territory. It was coal extracted by members of illegal armed groups located in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," the message reads.
In this case, taxes, as noted by the SBU, went to the budgets of the so-called "LNR" and "DNR".
“Products came to Ukraine as if they were allegedly mined in Russia. Later, dealers, using fake documents, sold coal to Ukrainian thermal power plants and to EU countries,” the intelligence agency added.
At the moment, one of the participants in this business has been declared suspected of committing a crime under Art. 258-5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.