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 Termination of goods exchange with self-proclaimed Donetsk republics is economically wrong, - Social Policy Minister Reva

The problem of trade between Ukraine and non-government controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions should be solved by negotiations.

This was announced by Social Policy Minister Andrii Reva, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine.

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"I would like to point out that complete termination of goods exchange from non-controlled areas is economically wrong today as it depends on many exterior factors. If we speak of nuclear energy, stopping purchases of fueling elements for our nuclear plants from Russia will lead to grave consequences. Westing House, a supplier of fuel for our nuclear plants, does not cover our needs in full. We also have a coal problem," Reva said.

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Reva said the government has created a basis for negotiations with the participants of the blockade.

"I am certain that people who are there, they are also patriots of Ukraine, and the situation hurts them as well. I hope we will find common sense to solve this issue," he added.

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

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.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n430335