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 Ukraine’s PM Hroisman says government makes every effort to minimize Donbas blockade's impact

The representatives of authoritative NGOs expressed their views on the so-called "coal blockade."

As reported by Censor.NET, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman wrote on Facebook.

"I can agree or disagree with specific assessments and recommendations made in the statement, but I cannot but agree with the principled position that it is necessary for all of us to determine clear state policy both in the energy sector and in terms of the occupied territories. This is the only way to avoid speculation and corruption in this sector," he wrote.

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"As for the current situation caused by the blockade, I want to reiterate that the government is making and will keep making every effort to minimize the impact of this crisis while it serves neither state's nor citizens' interests," Hroisman summed up.

Read more: PM Hroisman requests NSDC to unblock coal supplies from occupied Donbas

Earlier, the Ministry of Energy and Coal Mining initiated the introduction of emergency regime in the energy sector citing the cessation of anthracite supply.

Ukrenerho stated the anthracite stocks at thermal power plants would be enough to ensure the stable operation of Ukraine's power system during a 40-day period.

Read more: "This crisis is due to an external factor, on part of Russia," - Zubko on Donbas blockade

On Jan. 25, anti-terrorist operation (ATO) veterans blocked the Luhansk-Popasna haul, launching a trade blockade of the occupied Donbas areas. The movement of 12 trains with a total of 700 cars has been barred.

Later, Deputy Minister for the Occupied Territories and IDPs Heorhii Tuka said the decision to launch trade blockade was extra-legal. Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and IDPs Vadym Chernysh spoke against possible ban on commodities delivery across the contact line in the Donbas: "We need to be able to deliver coal, otherwise we will face problems throughout the country."

On Feb. 2, participants of the trade blockade barred another railroad track near Bakhmut.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n428720