As reported by Censor.NET, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman said on air of Ukraina TV channel.
"I haven't changed my stance at all. Like I said before, the blockade, which was initiated by several hundred people, was not for the gain of Ukraine, but in the interest of Russia. We have lost Ukrainian enterprises that paid taxes to Ukraine and access to Ukrainian mineral resources," he said.
"The loss of ground by the iron and steel industry will cripple Ukraine's economy. We need to revise the economic growth forecast. I emphasize that this subversive action against Ukraine has absolutely clear name and face, and its masterminds must be brought to account. This is my principled stance," Hroisman said.
March 15, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine imposed a temporary ban on the movement of goods across the demarcation line in the Donbas. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the only exception was humanitarian aid supplied by Ukrainian and international organizations.
March 16, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to enact the previously adopted NSDC decision.
France has expressed concerns over the move and urged the Ukrainian authorities to take efforts to lift the blockade.
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