As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine TV channel, the decision was taken during the extraordinary meeting of the government held today, Feb. 15.
According to the prime minister, the coal that Ukrainian central heating and power plants need so desperately cannot be delivered as the railroad tracks in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone are blocked.
He called such actions unacceptable, stressing that the coal supply should be resumed as soon as possible.
"The government's position is absolutely clear: we are ready to fight and we do fight against smuggling. But fighting against Ukrainians is unacceptable, " Hroisman said.
It is known that Ukraine's anthracite coal deposits are situated exceptionally in the action area in the Donbas.
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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