Ukraine: interior minister calls for full blockade of Donbass

Ukraine: interior minister calls for full blockade of Donbass | Русская весна

Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov said on Thursday there was a need to fully separate the young republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.

"We'll have to fully close the line of contact [separating militia units and Kiev armed forces] to close it for every purpose," he said to press.

"That's my radical viewpoint," Avakov went on. "In a junta-like style, the way we do it. Let's shut the contact line. Let them cross it on foot or in small cars but without any goods. As for the goods, let them get everything from Russia."

"We'll set out two or three positions of critically vital imports Ukraine has interest in, coking coal for instance I don't know because I'm not an expert," Avakov said. "And let's say strong 'no' to all other things. The population will be allowed to cross over to the Ukrainian side and to buy foodstuffs, which they will then take back home in their hands or in their private cars, but no trucks!"

"You wanted independence and friendship with Russia? You're welcome, Russia is right across the border," he said. "Or do you want to live by the Ukrainian laws because you are Ukrainian? OK, we have the Minsk agreements, here you are. Our border guards will take control over the border, and then we'll clear out everything ourselves."

 

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