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 Donbas blockade participants provoked law enforcers near Kharkiv and Sloviansk, - police deputy chief. VIDEO

Activists blocking trade with the occupied Donbas have triggered conflicts with the police near Kharkiv and at a checkpoint near Sloviansk (the Donetsk region).

As reported by Censor.NET, National Police Deputy Chief Viacheslav Abroskin wrote on Facebook.

"'Polite' persons left Kharkiv after insulting police officers who are citizens of Ukraine just like them. They did it demonstratively on camera," he said.

"The column of 13 cars made it up to Sloviansk around 7 p.m. They refused to pass a standard check at the checkpoint and provoked a conflict," Abroskin said.

According to him, the law enforcers policing the checkpoint explained the activists that they were entering the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone with weapons and asked them to show firearm permits. However, the blockade activists refused to do so.

"The heated argument triggered a conflict during which the activists showed disrespect to the law, prevented policemen from fulfilling their official duties to maintain public security. The MP that accompanied them started punching the police officers and trying to wrench firearms out of their hands,"Abroskin said.

According to him, seven police officers received injuries of varying severity as a result of the clash and were taken to a hospital.

"The 'rampant' column of activists continued driving towards Bakhmut," the law enforcer wrote.

"I emphasize that the police are carrying out checks at the checkpoints as part of the security measures imposed by the Anti-Terrorist Center HQ over increased terrorist threat. The measures to prevent offenses using weapons, ammunition, and explosives are being taken," Abroskin said.

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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.

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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.

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/v432000