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Yakunovich under fire over Donbass illegal mining

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Reuters/Mykhailo Markiv

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich hails from the Eastern Donbass region and draws most of his support from there. Now he’s been accused of letting the region go to seed by failing to stop illegal coal mining. An activity that endangers not just the miners’ safety but the whole mining economy. And which is booming – some say with the help of the state.