Russia is set to open more than 2,000 new coal-fired power plants in Ukraine, state media said Thursday, as the conflict in the country’s east heats up.
The country has about a million people and one of the poorest regions in Europe, but its economy is growing and its natural gas reserves have made it an important trading partner.
The country, which has suffered from years of fighting, has struggled to turn its economy around, and its economy has been hit by sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
The move will help Russia diversify the countrys energy mix, which will be crucial in the wake of the country holding a referendum on whether to join the European Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
Ukraine’s energy ministry said on its website that the plant would be part of the Draupadi coal mine in the eastern Ukraine city of Dnipropetrovsk.