Censor.NET reports citing a video address posted by soldier Mykola Voroshnov on Facebook.
"We, the 16th Battalion of the 58th Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, appeal to the country's top leadership and first of all President Petro Poroshenko to cease all trade and financial transactions with the separatists in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
"We support no political force, but condemn coercion, especially physical one exerted on veterans of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) fighting against funding occupants by means of trade blockade in the Luhansk region.
"We also demand to stop smuggling all along the border with the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Each hryvnia transferred to the "DPR"/"LPR" is spent on the terrorism - the terrorism that has been keeping our country on alert for three years in a row.
"Our relatives and friends understand the problem and are prepared to face the temporary problems which can arise over shortage of energy commodities delivered from the Donbas. The memory and honor of those soldiers who lost their health and lives at this murderous war is worth far more than this.
"We understand that a lot of residents of the occupied territories love and support Ukraine. Therefore, we ask them to bear with this trade embargo since there were no instances in the history when a country at war was feeding its enemy. Ukrainian Army stands firm for the Ukrainian people. Glory to Ukraine!" the soldiers said.
On Jan. 25, anti-terrorist operation (ATO) veterans blocked the Luhansk-Popasna haul, launching a trade blockade of the occupied Donbas areas. The movement of 12 trains with a total of 700 cars has been barred.
Later, Deputy Minister for the Occupied Territories and IDPs Heorhii Tuka said the decision to launch trade blockade was extra-legal. Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and IDPs Vadym Chernysh spoke against possible ban on commodities delivery across the contact line in the Donbas: "We need to be able to deliver coal, otherwise we will face problems throughout the country."
On Feb. 2, participants of the trade blockade barred another railroad track near Bakhmut.
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