Ukrainian soldiers initiate trade blockade with occupied Donbas territories

"No to financing terrorists! Trading with occupiers means doing business on blood!" Photo:

"No to financing terrorists! Trading with occupiers means doing business on blood!" Photo: 

News, War in the Donbas

Demobilized soldiers and veterans of Ukrainian volunteer battalions have launched a trade blockade of the occupied parts of Donbas.

The activists of the blockade say that the war can be stopped altogether in this way. Their actions have already met governmental opposition. Despite MPs being among the organizers, the Prosecutors Office of Luhansk Oblast has opened criminal proceedings against the participants of the blockade.

The blockade was launched on January 25. The activists claim that while Ukrainians are dying at war and a half of the population lives in poverty, oligarchs increase their wealth.

“If earlier there were only rumors, now it is all substantiated to be the reality. While the soldiers and patriots and volunteers do everything possible to defend the nation and borders, holding on to their positions at the line of demarcation from the occupied territories, it’s business as usual between Ukraine and the aggressor-occupied territories,” their statement published by the Headquarter of the blockade reads.

According to them, at the end of 2016, in just over a year, the Security Service of Ukraine issued nearly 100,000 permits for the transport of various categories of wholesale goods into and from the so-called “LDNR” (“Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics”).

However, they say that the problem isn’t with basic good and necessities of life, although enormous profits are being made off them:

“The biggest objection is to the trade in goods that strengthens the military capabilities of the enemy: primers, wires, gunpowder, detonators, metals, spare parts for vehicles, locomotives, machine-tools and enormous amounts of other commodities, that supplies the enemy’s defensive capabilities.”

The activists go on claiming that 47% of the value of coal that Ukraine purchases from the occupied territories makes its way into the budget of the so-called “people’s republic.” The organizers are confident that by ceasing trade with the occupied territories they can stop the war:

“Our first goal was to stop the trade and transport of goods in order to force the release of Ukrainians held in captivity. When we analyzed the details of a month’s work and realized the magnitude of this commerce, which equals in size the amount of commercial activity for the year 2013, we quickly realized that a trade blockage had the potential to bring the entire war to a complete end.”

However, the critics of the blockade call such actions illegal and say because of it the whole Luhansk Oblast can be left without electricity.

“If I am not mistaken, the branch [of the railway] which is blocked now is the only one which provides the thermal power plan in the city Shchastia [on the controlled by Ukraine territory] with coal. In its turn Shchastia is the only source of the electric power in the whole Luhansk Oblast,” said the Deputy Minister on the Occupied Territories Georgiy Tuka.

He said that if the blockade continues, the power plant in Shchastia will be left with no coal. The Samopomich MP and the organizer of the blockade Semen Semenchenko said that the blockade does not threaten ordinary citizens and all the opposite claims are just a provocation.

Another MP and the blockade participant Volodymyr Parasiuk claims that the government lies when saying that there is only coal trade with the occupied territories:

“Only with a permission of the Security Services it is possible to trade anything hither and thither with no customs taxes. So that this is an offshore hole in Ukraine.”

According to the Ukrainian government, the trade of coal with the occupied territories is a necessity. It is explained by the fact that built during the Soviet Union Ukrainian power plants require anthracite, the type of coal which is extracted in the occupied territories.

Read also: Blood coal: oligarchs, terrorists and POW labor in Russo-Ukrainian war

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  • Victor Victory

    Remove all railway tracks that go into Donbas, have extra checkpoints to inspect trucks going into and out of Donbas.

    • Robert

      Clearly, the blockaders have a point. Let them prove it. Support them. Shchastia will survive through alternative creativity in procuring alternative sources of anthracite coal and/or modifying their furnaces. Ukrainians are resilient. In 2013, Shchastia had a population of only less than 13,000 people. If Ukraine is actually exporting electricity, simply reroute some of it to Shchastia. There are solutions to this issue. Let’s see the results of the blockade…

      • туфтуф

        Are all of yous lost your minds? Parallel universe? Mind control? Madness? Ukraine’s isolation grows by the second. Allies leaving the sinking ship like rats. And u r ranting abt isolation of the biggest country in the world, which does business with the rest of the world worth billions.

        • Greg

          the only people who lost their minds are Russian invaders and the fools paid to embrace them!

          • туфтуф

            Breaking news: after Ukraine and Syria, Russia is about to start a new conflict, this time in Libya. Being bankrupt seems to have little effect on its assertiveness. It will support a general against the internationally recognised Gvt of national unity.


          • Alex George

            Okay, well too bad for the Libyans. But what does this have to do with your point about Ukrainian “isolation”?

          • Quartermaster

            Syria isn’t close to being resolved. Putin is simply thrashing about and will bankrupt himself even quicker.

          • туфтуф

            I know. Just dnt shoot the messenger. Maybe Syrian and Libyan oil will pay for intervention, or a couple of nuclear bases on its territory?

          • Quartermaster

            No. Russia can’t afford what its doing.

          • туфтуф

            Tell that to Russia. You might prevent further acts of aggression. If Russia knew what you do, they wld surely give Crimea back to ukroland who GAVE it to Russia. Maybe giving Crimea away was a strategic manouver to economically drain russia? Maybe thats why ukros never even attempted to defend or attack it?

          • Alex George

            Crimea was handed over by traitors in the Ukrainian military. That was the only way Russia was ever going to take it, because its armies aren’t good enough to conquer it.

            Russia has no right to Crimea and will be forced to return it . The longer Russia takes to do this, the poorer it will become.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            Precisely. Let the dwarf get stuck in Libya by all means, it will only drain Dwarfstan’s financial reserves that much quicker, plus hopefully kill Dwarfstanian soldiers and mercenaries who won’t be available for the dwarf’s aggression in the Donbas.

          • туфтуф

            He uses cheap missiles on the peaceful islamic fundamentalists.

        • Alex George

          Umm, isolation from whom?

          Ukraine is trading with more countries than ever before, it has stronger diplomatic relations with more countries that it ever has before. It has more air links and other communications with other countries than before (and that’s coming off a very low base duet o Russian aggression in 2014).

          So what exactly is your definition of “isolation”?

        • Kruton

          May the Black Plague strike the Russki monkeys!!

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        The electricity supply disruption to the occupied Crimea was initiated by activists, forcing the dwarf to spend umpteen millions of rubbles to set up an emergency connection from the Kuban,plus shipping many diesel generators. The electricity supply still isn’t normalised so the action was a success.
        Let the blockade of the so-called LNR and DNR continue. At the very least it will force the dwarf to spend more of his dwindling reserve of rubbles on propping up the occupied “Novodelaware”. Whether it will cause any problems for free Ukraine remains to be seen.

    • туфтуф

      Railway tracks will run from Russia with love, possibly without sanctions….

      • Alex George

        Its about time.

        Russia has done virtually nothing to help the separatist regions. No new infrastructure, no new communications, little in the way of supplies, no economic or financial arrangements. One gets the impression that the Kremlin never wanted these territories.

        Its just like Crimea – virtually nothing done there either. The people lack guaranteed water, electricity and heating. The Duma made a big fuss about allocating billions of rubles to Crimean reconstruction and it all disappeared into the pockets of Russian oligarchs. The wonderful bridge over the Kerch strait is also sucking up billions of rubles, with no progress. Just utter incompetence

        • Quartermaster

          Russian corruption is massive and makes Ukrainian oligarchs look honest. Only about a third of pensions are being paid, and things are going to get worse as the year progresses.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            And they will get even worse once the dwarf starts plundering the National Welfare Fund, meant for pensions and other social expenses, to fund his wars in the Donbas and Syria. By the end of 2018 Dwarfstanian pensioners will be lucky if they get ANY pension at all…….

          • zorbatheturk

            Take a ruSSian’s pension away and he becomes angry. No pension, no food.

  • Dirk Smith

    Once again, the Ukrainian people stand up for what’s right DESPITE their fat oligarchs sleeping with the enemy. Slava Ukrainia!

    • туфтуф

      HERoyam sala!

  • Alex George

    I can see the point of both sides. There are oligarchs in Ukraine who yearn for a return to Soviet corruption. They would like nothing better than to see Putin prevail so that Ukraine’s great progress in reform can be undone. And at least two of them have been profiting heavily from this war in Donbas.

    But its also true that cutting off supplies of anthracite from Donbas will inflict great hardship on many people. Putin doesn’t care about this of course, and neither do many in western countries. But the Ukrainian government has no choice but to care about it.

    On the other hand, the soldiers at the front line get a good view of reality, and they aren’t terribly interested in Putin continuing with the free hand which many in the weak West have allowed him, and will continue to allow him.

  • туфтуф

    Sorry friends, for breaking bad news again. But its not a done deal yet, so dont sulk.

    • Alex George

      What’s in the link?

      Is it important?

      • туфтуф

        Dnt know. Is it

      • Quartermaster

        No, it isn’t important. Trump doesn’t know Putin and it isn’t likely he will like him when he does. It is not likely that sanctions will be lifted this year.