09:12 20.02.2017

'Coal blockade' protesters threaten to block rail traffic between Ukraine, Russia

Participants of the rail traffic blockade in Donbas are set to extend it on the rail communication between Ukraine and Russia, participant of the blockade, Ukrainian people's deputy Semen Semenchenko said.

Asked about possible barring of the highways, Semenchenko said: "We plan to extend it [the blockade] on the railway lines, along which the produce from Russia is being delivered to us. It will be more difficult to do it with the highways. More people are needed there and provocations are highly likely to be staged."

The blockade currently does not involve only one rail direction, which is running via Stanytsia Luhanska in the Luhansk region, he said. "One railway line remained operational - it is entering our territory in Stanytsia Luhanska and is going out of it in Valuiky. As of today, we have blocked everything, except for this railway line," Semenchenko said.

Participants of the blockade have obstructed the passage of nearly 16,000 train cars since the beginning of the action, the parliamentarian said. "Since the start of the blockade 16,000 train cars have not reached their destination in both directions. We plan to halt all the trade with Russia, the so-called DPR/LPR," he told Interfax-Ukraine.

About 100 people are currently involved in the blockade, Semenchenko said.

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