The self-proclaimed head of Republic reminded that the DNR sold coal and received the money, but soon lost this opportunity due to the blocking of former participants of the ATO sections of freight rail with uncontrolled Kiev territory of Donbass.
“We cut all ties with Ukraine, which are fighting. Yes, sold the coal to get money to pay salaries here. But due to the fact that we have learned to live under siege, we are announcing a blockade of Ukraine”, — he said at a press conference on Friday. (quoted by “RIA Novosti”)
In early February, Ukrainian activists blocked the railroad near the town of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region with the aim “to prevent trade “with the separatists”.
Also blocked was three days after the exacerbation of the armed conflict in Donbass road near the town of Avdeevka.
The situation in the Donbass deteriorated sharply on January 29 — the day the fighting started between DNR forces and the Ukrainian army under the plant, which has already been in the epicenter of the fighting in 2014. Both parties then mutually accused each other of escalation of the situation in the Donbass.