As reported by Censor.NET citing the president's press office, he said in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels.
"Those were the only places where the Ukrainian national currency functioned, where taxes were not paid to the so-called budgets of the "LPR"/"DPR" or to Russia, they were fully paid to Ukraine. They ensured employment and people clearly knew: those who worked in large Ukrainian enterprises, yet in the occupied territories but under Ukrainian jurisdiction, are Ukraine," the president emphasized.
"I would say that those were the "islands" of Ukraine. The anchor for this territory to hold on to Ukraine. And of course we were going to use them for reintegration after the return of the Donbas to Ukraine. Those were the basic footholds for the return of Ukraine," Poroshenko added.
According to the president, the so-called blockade of the occupied territories gave an opportunity for the aggressor to justify its actions on the recognition of the so-called passports of the "LPR"/"DPR", registration documents, license plates. This has also provided a basis and justification for conveying those enterprises to oligarchs-fugitives or Russian oligarchs. "It has destroyed Ukraine in the Donbas. This is a very dangerous strategy, very dangerous actions," he stressed.
Earlier, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) decided to suspend transportation of goods across the demarcation line in the war-torn Donbas on March 15. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the only exception should be made for humanitarian aid provided by Ukrainian and international humanitarian organizations.
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