Blockade of Donbass is in Russia’s interests, said Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladimir Groisman, the TV channel “inter”.
He said that about 75 thousand people could lose their jobs because of these events. In addition, the blockade of the Eastern part of Ukraine will bring losses of at least $3.5 billion.
“The fact that today I’m talking about the dialogue, the evidence that I absolutely democratic and open. There may come a time when we need to act more decisively. There is no doubt. But I emphasize that it is the blockade in the interest of the Russians. The blockade against Ukraine”, — said Groisman (quoted by the Agency “Ukrainian national news”).
He has previously stated that the blockade of Donbass Ukraine is disadvantageous because it forces the state enterprise to purchase coal in Russia. General Director of “Azovstal” Enver Tskitishvili at a meeting with Volodymyr Groysman at the end of February said that the current situation forced the company to seek supplies of coal in Russia and the United States. According to him, since the beginning of the blockade of Donbas Azovstal lost $3.6 million.
The day before the Minister of energy and coal industry of Ukraine Igor Nasalik said that he would arrange to introduce a ban on the import of coal from Russia. He noted that, according to some reports, Russia is planning to buy coal from DPR and LPR, enriching it in Rostov-na-Donu and to sell Ukraine as a Russian. In his opinion, the purpose of this is to force Kiev to pay two times more than before.
The soldiers of the Ukrainian volunteer battalions block the railway traffic with the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics since the end of December last year. Among the organizers of the blockade — the former head of the battalion “Donbass”, and now a parliamentary Deputy from “Samopomich” semen Semenchenko.