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 Cabinet approves regulations on circulation of goods between government-controlled territory and occupied Donbas

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved procedure for movement of goods into or from the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area.

As reported by Censor.NET, the decision was taken at today's Cabinet meeting.

"The procedure is aimed at defining the legal order for the movement of goods including those duly recognized as humanitarian aid into or from the ATO area through the demarcation line or in its proximity," Chief of the Anti-Terrorist Center of the Security Service of Ukraine Hennadii Kuznietsov said while presenting the document.

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Prime Minister Volodumyr Hroisman said after discussion: "I propose to adopt the decision and submit it to the relevant agencies to enforce it. However it is vital to get the public involved."

The ministers made no objections.

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.

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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.

On Feb. 27, separatist websites published a joint statement by the leaders of the so-called "republics" "DPR" and "LPR. " They demanded that Kyiv lifted the blockade by March 1, otherwise Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky promised to take over the enterprises that remain Ukraine-run and stop deliveries of coal to Ukraine from temporarily occupied territories.


 
 
 
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