Poroshenko says blockade of Donbas rail lines as destabilizing factor
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko describes blockade of rail lines with the temporarily occupied territories in Donbas as factor destabilizing Ukraine.
"Unfortunately, blockade of rail lines with the temporarily occupied territories and attempts of complete economic blockade have become a destabilizing factor in recent days," Poroshenko said at a solemn meeting dedicated to the Day of honoring war veterans in other countries in Kyiv on Thursday.
The president said that he "understands the emotions of society," which "has grown tired of the several years of war."
"But I will never forgive the cynicism and irresponsibility of political schemers who have used this emotion in order to promote their selfish partisan publicity," he said.
The authorities will certainly find a way to unblock supplies of coal from territories not controlled by Kyiv, he said.
"We will protect the rights of Ukraine's citizens both on this and that side of the line of confrontation. I will not let demagogues in the country create the image of a state where anarchy and gang leaders rule. I will not allow the situation in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone to be destabilized. I will not allow the front to be disintegrated because this is something that the enemy is expecting from us," he said.
ATO veterans and Ukrainian lawmakers have blocked the Luhansk-Lysychansk-Popasna railway on the section Horske-Zolote since January 25 to prevent trade with the part of Ukraine uncontrolled by Kyiv. The checkpoint set up by supporters of the blockade was named 'Bohdan Redoubt'.
Ukrainian prosecutors January 26 opened a criminal case on the basis of the blocking of the railway in the Luhansk region on the division line on the basis of the article dealing with "the blocking of transport lines." The blockade has led to an acute shortage of coal for the Ukrainian energy industry.