The "DPR" recognized that Ukraine had invested a lot of money into the coal industry and now the "republic" is "finishing off" used equipment. It was stated by "director" of so-called "coal department of the Ministry of Coal and Economy" of the fake "DPR" Nikolay Kovalev in the Mesto Vstrechi (gathering place) programme on the Oplot separatist channel.
"I will tell you such figures before the war. State paid more than 20 million dollars (according to currency rate in 2014) for new mining equipment of one powerful highwall mining. It is clear that today we do not have such financial means and, of course, mines don’t have such resources to afford changes in such scale. We work with used equipment," - he said.