Omeljan on the Mercantile blockade of Donbass: it is Important to have complete coordination of the power structures

Омелян о товарной блокаде Донбасса: Важно, чтобы была полная координация структур власти

Volodymyr Omelyan

The Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan convinced that implementation of the commercial blockade of the occupied part of Donbass is important to coordinate between the structures of power. The Minister said on air of “112 Ukraine”.

“It is important to have complete coordination between all the structures of the Ukrainian authorities. Because there are problems with smuggling, we know this, too. This is somewhat beyond the Ministry of Infrastructure, but we are ready to provide maximum assistance in this area,” said Omeljan.

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According to him, the initiators of the previous closures of the occupied territories of Donbass and Crimea in the Ministry on this issue was not addressed.

“However, after the external aggression of the Russian Federation and the occupation of Crimea, we will immediately stop any train service to the Peninsula, we introduced strict control together with other state authorities on the demarcation line. Unfortunately, there are cases of “for whom the war, for whom the business”, a lot of Ukrainian private carriers to deliver people to the demarcation line, crossing on foot and getting on the buses deep into the Crimea. On such occasions we know, but nothing formal to do with it can’t. In the Donbass the same situation. Everything that happens is either illegal or outside the law. At the same time, we can’t stop the small passenger traffic, because we believe that the full restriction we have to think how to make it work, because there are also citizens of Ukraine, our land, and it should be a package of measures, not just of limitations,” the Minister said.

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Yesterday, the second commander of the battalion “Donbass” Anatoly Vinogrodsky noted that the veterans of the ATO announced the beginning of the economic blockade of the so-called “LNR/DNR”. According to him, this time the blockade will be more severe than years before.

Veterans of the ATO said that they will fight in the first place, smuggling of metal, wood, alcohol and cigarettes. According to them, they do not intend to infringe upon local people who are carrying food.

On the 16th of December, the soldiers of the volunteer battalions announced the militants in the Donbass ultimatum demanding the release of Ukrainian soldiers who are held in captivity. Fighters have to start the exchange of prisoners, or face economic blockade.