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No blockade, only temporary restriction of cargo’s transfer acts, - Kuchma on lifting blockade from Donbas

The issue of the lifting of the temporary restriction on the transfer of the cargo and goods is discussed at the sessions in Minsk all the time
17:25, 6 June 2019

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Representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas Leonid Kuchma commented the statement on the initiative to lift the economic blockade from occupied Donbas.

According to him, there is no blockade and the issue of the lifting of the temporary restriction on the transfer of the cargo and goods are discussed at the sessions in Minsk all the time.

As we reported the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas will discuss lifting the economic blockade from the separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions at the next session. According to the OSCE Special Representative, the lifting of the blockade could become the “great breakthrough”.

Related: Trilateral Contact Group to approve proposals on reaching armistice in Donbas on June 19

Prosecutor General of Ukraine commented on the idea of a possible lifting of the economic blockade from occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. He said that trade with occupied Donbas without registration and taxes means the financing of the terrorism.

In 2017, the “Order of transportation of the goods to the area or our of area of holding of the Anti-Terrorist Operation” and the Order of the Minister on Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs “On approval of the List and volume of the goods permitted for the transportation to/out from the humanitarian and logistic centers through the contact line” recognized wrongful, null and void.

The documents defined the list of the permitted and banned things, which can be transferred through the demarcation line.

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