Ultimatum of the militants from the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions to stop the blockade proves that the pseudo-republics LNR and DNR have been surviving for the three years of the war due the trade with Ukraine. This was stated by the Samopomich MP Taras Pastukh.
“Today the occupation regime is hardly surviving. Companies running in the so-called DNR and LNR are funding these pseudo-republics. All products manufactured in the territory controlled by Russian mercenaries are trafficked to Ukraine. While the companies pay taxes to the treasury of the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. And in such a way Ukraine is actually financing the war against itself,” says Taras Pastukh.
According to him, the Russian market is closed for the companies in the occupied territories. “The leaders and officials of the unrecognized republics acknowledge this fact themselves. They publicly declare that Russia has limited the export of products from these areas, since it is interested in trading with its own producers,” mentions the deputy.
According to Taras Pastukh, the trade blockade today is actually the only mechanism that can stop the war.
“Without this kind of financing the occupation regime will not be able to exist and pay the terrorists fighting against Ukraine. War veterans and activists of the blockade headquarters do not intend to make any compromises with either terrorists or the Ukrainian government, which is not doing anything to stop the war and to liberate Ukrainian prisoners of war,” Taras Pastukh states.
Also, according to the MP, today Ukraine has every opportunity to find an alternative to the coal supplies from the occupied territories. But this requires the political will of the state leaders.