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Poroshenko offers temporary halt of transport connection with occupied Donbas
11:58, 15 March 2017
Poroshenko offers temporary halt of transport connection with occupied Donbas

The president joined the urgent session of the National Security and Defense Council in Kyiv on Wednesday

11:58, 15 March 2017

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Ukraine might temporarily break the transport connections with the occupied territories of Donbas – until the Russia-backed militants pass the Ukrainian enterprises back under the Ukrainian jurisdiction. President Petro Poroshenko said this during the snap session of the National Security and Defense Council in Kyiv on March 15.

‘Today, right now, I offer the Council to make the respective decision, so that all sorts of connection – not just the railway – with the occupied areas will be stopped. The decision will remain in place until the occupants return the Ukrainian enterprises back to the jurisdiction of Ukraine,’ he said.    

According to Poroshenko, mobile groups of volunteers will be watching the movement of transport in anr near the occupied areas. ‘The government offers that such groups involve common citizens – the honest, unarmed people with a clean criminal record. These squads should be performing effective control of how the Council’s decision is being fulfilled,’ the head of the state concluded.  

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