Ukrainian nationalists demand to legalize a trade blockade of Donbass

Ukrainian nationalists demand to legalize a trade blockade of Donbass

KIEV, February 22 — RIA Novosti. Several thousand Ukrainian nationalists began at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a meeting dedicated to the third anniversary of the death of people during riots in downtown Kiev in 2014; protesters again demand to legislate a trade blockade of Donbass, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Informed nationalists marched along the Central streets of Kiev to mark the anniversary of the events of 2014. During the procession they burned smoke bombs.

Now several thousand members of the nationalist party “Freedom”, “national corpus” and “Right sector” (banned in Russia) began to rally near the Parliament building. Among the many requirements of the demonstrators — the adoption of the law on occupied territories and the ban of trade with uncontrolled Kiev territories of Donbass. The leaders of the nationalists speak from the stage, installed near the Parliament building.

Many protesters dressed in camouflage, they are holding flags of their parties. Protesters burn flares and set off bangers, I went to the course and smoke bombs.

Parliament house hold in the cordon a large number of police and national guard soldiers. Near the Parliament is also on duty firefighters and medics. According to the police, in mass rallies in the capital attended by about 7 thousand protesters.

In late January, a group of former members of the military operation in the Donbass, including the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine blocked in some parts of the freight rail traffic from the uncontrolled Kiev territory of Donbass. They stated that, in their opinion, any trade with the breakaway republics is illegal, and all carried out the transport of goods are smuggled.

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The blockade has led to shortages of anthracite coal, which is mined in the uncontrolled territories of Kiev Donbass. In this regard, the Ukrainian authorities were forced to introduce emergency measures in the energy sector with the aim of saving resources.