As reported by Censor.NET quoting one of the blockade leaders Anatolii Vinohrodskyi, freight trains bound for occupied territory in the Donbas have switched to other routes, bypassing the blocked lines.
"To date, in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, only the Mariupol line has not been shut down... In the Kharkiv region, trains carry food products to occupied territory. We know that the SBU issued no permits for the transportation of food. However, all the stores in Donetsk and Luhansk are packed with these products. So, they go through the Kharkiv region and across Russia," he said.
He also commented on Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman's remarks on the need to convene the National Security and Defense Council to address the blockade issue:
"We are looking forward to hearing Hroisman. In fact, he had to convene an NSDC meeting after assuming the post of prime minister to deal with the dependence of Ukraine on deliveries from the aggressor state. If Russia decided to block the deliveries and the railway, what would Mr Hroisman do?... If he convenes an NSDC meeting, he'd better discuss the idleness of his ministers and the ongoing war," Vinohrodskyi said.
According to him, the participants of the blockade are ready to shut down other Ukraine-Russia commercial routes, including the port of Odesa. Vinohrodskyi is sure no force-based scenario will be used: "Who will do that? The army is forbidden to take part in an internal conflict under the Constitution. The police and the National Guard have already refused to get involved. If angry factory workers come around, we'll make them change their mind. I'm sure we'll cope."
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