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 Putin on seized Ukrainian enterprises in Donbas: "No one ever took anything from anyone; external management was temporarily introduced there"

President Vladimir Putin of Russia says no one had ever captured Ukrainian enterprises located in the occupied areas of the Donbas.

Censor.NET reports citing Gazetu.Ru.

"No one ever took anything from anyone. The external management was temporarily introduced there (in Ukrainian enterprises - Ed.)," Putin said.

He also added that these enterprises were deprived of the opportunity to generate business income as Kyiv suspended financial relations with this territory.
Read more: Shock, not disaster, - German experts estimated losses to Ukraine's economy caused by Donbas blockade

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.

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 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.


 
 
 
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