Farmers protesting against land sales have blocked a number of roads in Zaporizhia, Odesa and Chernihiv regions. About 200 local farmers and land share owners block the international highway M-16 Odesa-Kuchurhan in the area of Kuchurhan customs point. A huge line of cars gathered in this direction. At least 20 tractors block the road.
“We are understanding to our fellow citizens stuck in a car line: we let through those with have elderly people, pregnant women, people with children or those who need medical aid,” a protesting farmer Volodymyr Stanishevsky said to 112.ua.
The interlocutor of 112.ua said that this is not the first protest against the adoption of bill #2178-10 and the sale of Ukrainian land. The previous two protests were on December 2 and 18, with at least 50 tractors on the road. Currently, about 200 people are taking part in the protest, they are not going off the road all day.
“We understand that if the bill is passed, 70% of Ukrainian land will be bought by foreigners or oligarchs. The bill states that 213,000 hectares of land can be sold to one person. No farmer will be able to buy so much. We do not have millions of dollars to buy our land allotments for cultivation! If the Verkhovna Rada allows the purchase of 213,000 hectares of land and 15% in one region, then the land will be bought in whole areas. In other countries you cannot buy more than 400 ha in one hands,” Stanishevsky said.
According to him, it is necessary to make order on Ukrainian border first, to return the uncontrolled territories so that everyone can buy land in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and only after that to pass a bill that will suit everyone.
Stanishevsky noted that people will not leave the road until it becomes clear that the Verkhovna Rada is going on Christmas break and is ready to constructively, in accordance with the legislative procedure, which requires at least two months, consider submitted 4,000 amendments to the bill #2178-10.
Earlier, it was reported that activists blocked highways and Kyiv’s main street protesting against land sale on December 19.