Issue of illegal trafficking in Donbas exaggerated, - Ministry for Occupied Territories

Source : 112 Ukraine

As party to Minsk group, Ukraine is ready to discuss nationalization of enterprises in the occupied areas of Donbas
07:52, 15 February 2017

The volume of goods illegally shipped across the division line in Donbas is ‘badly exaggerated’. Vadym Chernysh, Ukraine’s Minister for the Occupied Territories and the Internally Displaced Persons said this in the commentary for Channel 5.

‘The so-called illegal shipments are badly exaggerated by those who now raise this issue all the time. They talk but they never provide any proof. That’s merely political noise,’ he said.

At the same time, he admitted that there are cases of illegal trafficking, but there are not enough of them to speak of full-scale, well-organized trade mechanisms. ‘There is not trade since there is no banking system. Ukrainians work on the non-controlled territories, at Ukrainian enterprises; they produce electric power for the Ukrainians residing on the rebel-held territory,’ Chernysh stressed.

The Minister added that as a party to the Minsk negotiation group, Ukraine is ready to discuss nationalization of enterprises in the occupied areas of Donbas.

As 112 International reported, in January, veterans of the Donbas conflict and civilian volunteers blocked the railway in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, aiming to cease the trade between the entrepreneurs from the government-held territory of Ukraine and those of the self-styled 'People's Republics' in the easternmost regions of the country.

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