Despite the non-recognition and imposed sanctions, the EU countries actively buy anthracite in the DPR. This according to and written by the Polish "Gazeta Prawna" !
Anthracite ~ coal of a hard variety that contains relatively pure carbon and burns with little flame and smoke *
Coal in LDPR( Lugansk/Donetsk Republics) is purchased by at least 6 EU countries
The publication notes that only the Polish-Italian company "TD Anthracite", thanks to cooperation with Donetsk, increased its turnover by more than a hundred times.
"In the Polish company TD Anthracite, the interests of the Donetsk (separatistas ~ Anti Nazi Republic) and the Italian business were intertwined. For three years the company increased its turnover 125 times. Poland was not the only European Union state that received coal from Russia's liberated regions of Ukraine. We know that it was exported to at least five other EU countries, including Austria and Italy, "the article says.
At the same time, as the newspaper notes, the EU did not impose an embargo on the import of goods from the LDPR, since it allegedly does not exist, and the ban on trade with the republics would indirectly recognize their sovereignty.