Trade blockade of the occupied areas of Eastern Ukraine, initiated a year ago by some of the veterans of the volunteer battalions, headed by people’s Deputy of the faction «Samopomich» semen Semenchenko, in fact, became the next «big carving industry of Donbass». About it in interview to «GORDON» said investigative journalist, coordinator of the «Media initiative for human rights» Olga Reshetilova.
«In the fourth year of the war it is time to understand that you can not believe the semen Semenchenko, and other politicians who led the blockade. Those who led the blockade, knew the contraband, and the flow is not there, where they allegedly blocked the message. This is not a trade blockade, and yet another deriban of the industry of Donbass. Between whom exactly? Interest groups are many, including in Kiev», – said Reshetilova.
She stressed that the blockade of Ukrainian companies working in the occupied territory of Luhansk region, came under the control of Sergey Kurchenko, a businessman close to the «family» of Viktor Yanukovych fled to Moscow after the victory of Euromaidan in 2014.
«As a response to the blockade on the Ukrainian side Carpenter (leader of «LNR» until November 2017. – «GORDON») «nationalized» all businesses «LC». And then signed a contract with «charitable Foundation» allegedly for consulting services, but in fact gave control of the entire industry, «LC» this Fund was, by the way, somewhere in Abkhazia. And who do you think owns the Fund? Wouldn’t believe what a miracle: people Kurchenko! A slightly different story with the blockade in the Donetsk region, but somehow all this is connected with redistribution of influence in the coal sector,» said Reshetilova.
The journalist added that now the coal from the occupied territories are imported via Russia in two Ukrainian regions that are not in the zone of the ATO.
«Now coal, which allegedly blocked Semenchenko and Co., goes with the territory of the Russian Federation in Ukraine through Sumy and Chernihiv regions. There was another firm-gasket, which itself leaves a margin» – summed up Reshetilova.
«For the transportation of trucks in February were offered a fantastic amount. Naturally the money could not appear. This special operation of the Russian Federation». Full interview with Olga Reshetilova
Commercial blockade of the occupied territories began on 26 December 2016, when people called veterans dobrobatov, has announced the release of the hostages. In this regard, Ukraine has ceased to receive coal and other goods from the occupied territories.
February 27, 2017, the leaders of the «LDNR» Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Carpentry, threatened to impose «external control» on Ukrainian enterprises operating in the occupied territories, if March 1 is not lifted commodity blockade ORDO. In the next few days, the militants seized more than 40 enterprises of the Ukrainian jurisdiction.
March 15, the national security Council of Ukraine adopted the decision on the temporary complete stop of transport connection with the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, with the exception of humanitarian goods. The decision was dictated by the impossibility of economic ties with enterprises, hijacked a commercial blockade.
In Gospitalniy service said in June that, due to the trade blockade of Donbass and the seizure of enterprises by militants of the budget lost 1.05 billion UAH of taxes.
In November, the journalists of the Polish edition Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported that the anthracite from the occupied Donbass was exported to at least five European Union countries, including Poland, Austria and Italy.
Journalist Reshetilova: Coal, which allegedly blocked Semenchenko and Co., goes from Russia to Ukraine through Sumy and Chernihiv regions 18.12.2017