Enterprises in the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) have begun to supply coal to the Crimea, as stated by the leader of the Luhansk separatists, Igor Plotnitsky, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
"We deliver [coal] by railroad through Rostov and via the ferry, for now. I think a two-year contract was signed. These are real things that are already taking place, and believe me this is only the beginning," Plotnitsky said.
He indicated that the LPR intends to "deepen economic cooperation with the Crimean region."
On Thursday, March 16th, the day of the "all-Crimean referendum" and "the reunification of the Crimea with Russia" was celebrated in Simferopol. The event was attended by the heads of the DPR and LPR, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky.
The internationally recognized Ukrainian territory of Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation in March of 2014 in the wake of the Ukrainian revolution. The Kremlin has faced international condemnation for its annexation of the Peninsula, leading many western countries to impose economic sanctions against Russia. In the United Nations, only Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Syria recognize Crimea as a legitimate federal subject of Russia.