Ukraine will buy one million tonnes of coal because the ongoing conflict has disrupted its domestic coal production, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk announced.
Ukraine's forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, which is home to much of the country's heavy industry and coal mines and accounts for around 18% of the economy's output.
"They [the rebels] bombed our main coal mines ... and so the government has already signed an agreement on the supply of one million tonnes of coal from South Africa," Yatseniuk said.
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