Militants blew up railway line in Luhansk region, which could carry coal

Source : 112 Ukraine

The incident took place two days ago, 5 km from the boundary line
14:58, 20 February 2017

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Militants from the Luhansk region blew up the railway line on which the delivery of coal could be carried out in the case of lifting the blockade. Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov said about this in an interview to Interfax-Ukraine.

"A railway track 5 km away from Ukraine’s border in the Luhansk region has been blown up two days ago. So even if we do decide to take off the blockade and carry coal, the Luhansk branch can be used no more", said Arsen Avakov.

Related: UN: Donbas railway blockade may lead to humanitarian and social tensions

Earlier, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that National Police does not intend to use force to end the blockade of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Three main railway lines, which took coal from the occupied territories are currently blocked under the coal trade embargo.

The Cabinet has decided to introduce extraordinary measures in the energy sector due to the anthracite-coal shortage as of February 17.

Related: EU Ambassador: Civilians in Donbas suffer consequences of railway blockade

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