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Kiev Blocks Road & Rail Links To Donbass

By Stephen Lendman

A statement by its putschist national security and defense council head Alexander Turchinov said:

“Taking into consideration that Ukraine’s enterprises have been (nationalized) and the security situation has worsened…the (council) has made a decision to suspend movement of cargos through the contact line.”

“Following (the council’s) decision, all highways and railroads leading to the line of disengagement will be blocked (on Wednesday) at 1pm (local time) by” police and so-called national guard.

Blocking will continue until Ukrainian enterprises are returned to oligarch’s hands and Minsk conflict resolution principles Kiev opposes are implemented, according to Turchinov.

Weeks earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said “(i)t is high time to stop seeing Donbass residents as enemies. These are the Ukrainian citizens just as people who live in other parts of that country.”

“It is necessary to put an end to the hostilities, sit down at the negotiating table and seek a compromise in a direct and open dialogue.”

“(T)he protracted internal Ukrainian crisis can be resolved on this basis only. This is the cornerstone of the Minsk agreements, and the authorities in Kiev assumed an obligation to strictly comply with them.”

Russian envoy to resolving crisis in Ukraine Boris Gryzlov called blockading Donbass a flagrant Minsk ceasefire violation, exacerbating crisis conditions.

Sergey Lavrov said it contradicts common sense. It’s self-defeating. Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) leader Alexander Zakharchenko said its position remains firm until Kiev observes Minsk, what it’s refused to do so far.

It’s actions are rooted “in the (regime’s) internal struggle for power,” he said. They have “nothing to do with us.”

Donbass imposed its own blockade on Ukraine, remaining in place until Kiev observes Minsk ceasefire terms.

On March 1, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) nationalized Ukrainian oligarch enterprises - notably those owned by Rinat Akhmetov.

They pay taxes to Kiev, not Donbass, financing war on the independent republics. Nationalizing their enterprises stops this practice.

Weeks earlier, fascist militants blocked roads and rail traffic to Donbass. Donbass officials warned Kiev they’d halt coal deliveries to Ukraine and nationalize local enterprises if blockade conditions weren’t lifted by midnight March 1.

Hundreds of Ukrainian troops now man checkpoints along the frontline with Donbass. US-installed president Poroshenko ludicrously threatened to impose sanctions on Russia if it buys goods manufactured in Donbass.

Middle East Institute president Yevgeny Satanovsky believes Ukraine “has fallen apart already but it has not yet developed the awareness it has broken up.”

“The government is unable to enforce law and order even in the capital. What kind of kind of country is that? It’s an ex-country,” he said.

Conditions are deplorable and getting worse. Instability and lawlessness in a nation bordering Russia is of great concern in Moscow.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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