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 Initiators of Donbas blockade sent billions from Ukrainian budget to Russian, - PM Hroisman

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Organizers of the Donbas blockade initiated in January 2017 were acting in coordination with Russians and in fact assisted in transferring industrial assets and mineral wealth from Ukrainian mine to the Russian party.

Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman told Liga.net, Censor.NET reports citing Government Portal.

"What was done by the organizers of the blockade was done in full coordination with Russians. I have no doubts about that. What did they want? To give the Russians a reason to take away all property in occupied territories. And now, all of our mineral wealth, our coal, our metallurgical complexes work by 100 percent for the sake of the Russian economy. The very authors of the blockade sent billions from Ukrainian budget to Russia. This is what they did," Hroisman said.

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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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