Ukrainian soldiers initiate trade blockade with occupied Donbas territories

"No to financing terrorists! Trading with occupiers means doing business on blood!" Photo: fb.com/shtab.blokady 

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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.

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“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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Comments

  1. Avatar Victor Victory says:

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

    1. Avatar Robert says:

      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…

      1. Avatar туфтуф says:

        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.

        https://www.google.rs/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/01/27/politics/trump-putin-call-russia-sanctions/index.html

        1. Avatar Greg says:

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

          1. Avatar туфтуф says:

            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.

            http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/exclusive-russias-secret-plan-libya-2129027228

          2. Avatar Alex George says:

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

          3. Avatar Quartermaster says:

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

          4. Avatar туфтуф says:

            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?

          5. Avatar Quartermaster says:

            No. Russia can’t afford what its doing.

          6. Avatar туфтуф says:

            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?

          7. Avatar Alex George says:

            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.

          8. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

            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.

          9. Avatar туфтуф says:

            He uses cheap missiles on the peaceful islamic fundamentalists.

        2. Avatar Alex George says:

          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”?

        3. Avatar Kruton says:

          May the Black Plague strike the Russki monkeys!!

      2. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

        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.

    2. Avatar туфтуф says:

      Railway tracks will run from Russia with love, possibly without sanctions….
      https://www.google.rs/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/01/27/politics/trump-putin-call-russia-sanctions/index.html

      1. Avatar Alex George says:

        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

        1. Avatar Quartermaster says:

          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.

          1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

            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…….

          2. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

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

  2. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

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

    1. Avatar туфтуф says:

      HERoyam sala!

  3. Avatar Alex George says:

    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.

    1. Avatar туфтуф says:

      Of course they will. Cus they have no choice. Glad to read a comment of someone with a sound mind. Everyone here have lost their compasses, ready for a psychiatric clinic.

      https://www.google.rs/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/01/27/politics/trump-putin-call-russia-sanctions/index.html

      1. Avatar Quartermaster says:

        Too bad the article isn’t favorable to you. Once Trump gets to know Putin, he won’t like him. You have no way to judge if anyone has “lost their compasses.” You never had one to begin with, so you would know what it is.

        1. Avatar туфтуф says:

          They do know each other better than you know me. Trump has nonother trumps than negotiate. Thats why he was “elected”. Democratically. Lolz

          1. Avatar Quartermaster says:

            He was elected. The idea that Russia interfered is simply a myth. You have no idea what you are talking about and your posts are becoming more disjointed at the mental illness sets in.

          2. Avatar Alex George says:

            What’s in these links – something important?

          3. Avatar туфтуф says:

            Ye.

  4. Avatar туфтуф says:

    Sorry friends, for breaking bad news again. But its not a done deal yet, so dont sulk.
    https://www.google.rs/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/01/27/politics/trump-putin-call-russia-sanctions/index.html

    1. Avatar Alex George says:

      What’s in the link?

      Is it important?

      1. Avatar туфтуф says:

        Dnt know. Is it
        ?

      2. Avatar Quartermaster says:

        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.