The female police officer who was injured during clashes with supporters of trade embargo against the Donbas in downtown Kyiv on Feb. 19 has suffered a fracture of her fingers.
The activists of the occupied Donbas blockade put up a tent near the presidential administration building, at the crossing of Bankova and Instytutska Streets in Kyiv.
Transport blockade of Donbas held at the demarcation line, which cut coal supplies to the government-controlled territory of Ukraine, jeopardizes Ukraine’s financial security and undermines country’s economic growth.
A state of emergency in the energy sector has been introduced to eke out the existing coal reserves and secure uninterrupted electricity supply for the population.
Further blocking of coal supplies from the Donbas occupied territories may lead to an increase in utility tariffs for housing and communal services as well as to an economic downturn.
U.S. Embassy to Ukraine is concerned by the current disruption to the coal supply from the occupied Donbas and encourage the Government of Ukraine to accelerate much-needed reforms in the energy sector.
The participants of the civil action to stop trade with the occupied parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions started closing highways in addition to previously blocked railroads.
Adviser to the head of the Security Service of Ukraine Yurii Tandt says Ukrainian companies operating in occupied areas paid 31.7 billion hryvnina ($1.17 billion) to the state budget in 2016.
President Petro Poroshenko says the politicians who publicly support the railway blockade near the demarcation line in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are irresponsible.
The state of emergency in Ukraine's energy sector introduced by the Cabinet on Feb. 16 has taken effect and will stay in force for at least one month, until March 17.
Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman called on the National Security and Defense Council to scrutinize the impact of the trade blockade on Ukrainians’ wellbeing, namely the impossibility to deliver coal from the temporarily uncontrolled territories, and take all necessary steps to address this issue.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has implemented exceptional measures in the national energy sector.
Deputy Prime Minister Hennadii Zubko believes the crisis that has surfaced over the blockade of supplies from terrorist-held areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including anthracite coal, has been provoked by Russia.
Former member of the National energy and utilities regulatory commission of Ukraine (NEURCU) Andrii Herus says the president, NEURCU Chairman Vovk, and Energy Minister Nasalyk have voiced many different (and often controversial) views regarding the power station coal supplies over the past year.
The headquarters of the blockade of railway connection with "DPR/LPR" reports barring Yasynuvata-Kostiantynivka highway.
Members of the 16th Battalion of the 58th Brigade of Ukrainian Armed Forces filmed themselves doing 22 push-ups in front of the train they had blocked in the Donbas. They called on members of the Security Service of Ukraine to join the action they called #BlokadaChallenge encouraging the law enforcers to ‘stop 22 profiteers’ trains’.
The members of the 16th Mechanized Infantry Battalion of the 58th Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who requested President of Ukraine, Supreme Commander Petro Poroshenko to stop trade with the occupied territories faced consequences.