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 Minister Avakov calls Anti-Terrorist Center generalship to take decision on lifting Donbas blockade, promises to enforce it

Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov requests the Anti-Terrorist Center (ATC) authorities to take measures against the activists preventing trade with the Russian-occupied Donbas.

He said at a meeting of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman with steel industry representatives, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine TV channel.

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"Tolerance of our government overleaps all bounds. Our month-long accommodating policy, your excessively tolerant negotiations with the blockade movers were in vain. It is high time to make decisions," the interior minister said.

"Taking into account all our patience, I would like to ask the ATC generalship to weigh all the relevant powers of the Anti-Terrorist Center, which is in charge of all operations in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone, and take the appropriate decision while we will enforce it," Avakov said.

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The minister also said that Lviv Mayor Andrii Sadovyi allegedly launched campaign to block trade with the Donbas to divert public attention from the Lviv garbage disposal issue.

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."

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On Feb. 2, participants of the trade blockade barred another railroad track near Bakhmut.

On Feb. 27, separatist websites published a joint statement by the leaders of the so-called "republics" "DPR" and "LPR. " They demanded that Kyiv lifted the blockade by March 1, otherwise Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky promised to take over the enterprises that remain Ukraine-run and stop deliveries of coal to Ukraine from temporarily occupied territories.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n430027