The EU warns that the blockade in the combat area in eastern Ukraine will first hurt the civilians on both sides of the division line. Hugh Mingarelli, the EU envoy in Ukraine, said this in his speech at the forum in Kyiv.
‘We are concerned about the blockade of the railway that has been going on over the last two weeks. We are aware of this complicated situation and we know there is illegal trafficking. But what has been going on over the last two weeks shows that civilians on both sides of the division line become the first victims of this blockade. That’s the thing that should not be there,’ the diplomat said.
The public protest against the illegal trafficking between Ukraine and the self-styled Luhansk People's Republic began in January 2017, when the Ukrainian Armed Forces veterans blocked railway Luhansk - Popasna. As a result of these actions the movement of 12 trains with a total of 700 cars were blocked.