A conflict sparked between law enforcers and activists blocking trade with the occupied Donbas in the Luhansk region.
The German advisory group working in Ukraine estimated losses incurred to the Ukrainian economy by the ban to transport goods across the demarcation line in the Donbas at 1.6 percent of the gross domestic product.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman does not rule out that Ukraine will acquire coal from the U.S., Australia or South Africa.
The Poroshenko administration's blockade of occupied Donbas could lead to the demise of Ukraine's east.
The U.S. Department of State has emphasized the importance of a peaceful settlement of the situation around the introduction of a temporary ban on the movement of goods across the demarcation line between government and terrorist-controlled territories in Ukraine's east.
France is concerned about the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) to suspend transportation of goods from uncontrolled territories across the demarcation line, and calls on the Ukrainian authorities to resume efforts to lift railroads blockade in the Donbas.
Following the decision of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), the National Guard, the National Police and the State Border Guard Service have blocked all roads and railways running across the demarcation line in the Donbas to prevent the illegal movement of goods.
The Ukrainian authorities are ready to unblock trade with Russia-held areas in the Donbas if terrorists return seized enterprises to their Ukrainian owners.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that the Donbas blockade was masterminded by the Kremlin.
The latest developments in the Donbas exacerbate tensions between the parties to the armed conflict in Ukraine’s east.
Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko does not rule out addressing the Verkhovna Rada with a request to strip independent MP Volodymyr Parasiuk of immunity.
Following a decision by Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, all roads and rail tracks running towards the demarcation line will be blocked by the National Police and the National Guard.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has been instructed to urgently develop and implement an action plan to ensure safe and reliable operations of Ukraine's fuel, energy and steel industries, analyze the negative effect on the country’s economy and budget, and take measures to minimize it.
Verkovna Rada Deputy Speaker Oksana Syroid closed today's meeting after the speech of People's Front MP Yurii Bereza.
According to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the police demonstrated extreme tolerance in the incident at a Sloviansk checkpoint, involving MP Parasiuk and Donbas blockaders.
A criminal proceeding has been launched on the fact of yesterday's conflict between the police and participants of the blockade led by people's deputy of Ukraine Volodymyr Parasiuk.
A video of the conflict between Donbas blockade participants, led by MP Volodymyr Parasiuk, and the police at a Sloviansk checkpoint has been released online.