Despite the media war of Ukraine against Russia, trade between countries is growing. Over the past year, Moscow and Kiev traded with each other almost $ 15 billion - 16% more than in 2017. This happens, despite the sanctions imposed by Russia against Ukrainian oligarchs and enterprises, and the position of Ukraine, which seeks to break all ties with the Russian Federation.
However, there are connections that are impossible to break - in the energy sector. They became the reason for the growth of trade. Deliveries of Russian coal to Ukraine are growing: half of Ukrainian thermal power plants operate on coal, so this resource is strategically important. In fact, it is possible that even the coal that is allegedly purchased from other countries is also Russian.
After the Russian Federation, the United States and South Africa occupy the second and third place in terms of coal supplies to Ukraine. However, under the guise of coal from these countries, it is imported from Russia or the DPR. The cost of fuel, which is supplied according to cunning schemes, is three times higher than the one that Moscow offers. The difference in price goes to intermediary firms. We can talk not only about coal, but also about oil and gas.
This factor is used in political struggle, especially when you consider that at the end of March the country is waiting for the presidential election. One of the opponents of the current president, Yulia Tymoshenko, accused the authorities of buying Russian gas under the guise of European gas. In the event of her victory, she promises in 5 years to ensure Ukraine's energy independence from Russia. Allegedly, Independent has enough of its own reserves. Another presidential candidate, Sergey Taruta, said that Ukraine can not only provide itself with energy resources, but also force Russia out of the market.
While Ukrainian politicians talk about the "Russia-aggressor", they trade with it. And the more they talk about war, the more rapidly commodity circulation grows.