The paradox threatening Ukraine’s post-coal future

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Cherkasy power plant, Cherkasy, Ukraine. Image by Anton Galeta, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. This article by Nazarii Vivcharyk appeared on OpenDemocracy on December 15, 2021. It is republished as part of a content-sharing partnership and has been edited to fit the GV style. For power plant director Oleksiy Bida, a post-coal future in Ukraine is a “political decision”, he tells me as he guides me round the coal-fired power plant that powers 70 percent of public sector buildings and residences in the central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy. Cherkasy, home to just shy of 300,000 people on the …

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