So-called “supporters of Ukrainian independence” threaten to block the roads in Lugansk region, TASS news agency reported on February 16th.
Radicals set up a checkpoint at the country road near Zolotoye village in Lugansk region. They informed on Facebook that other roads will be blocked: “Today the veterants of the war for independence, activists, and volunteers opened the first checkpoint to block the supplies of smuggled and counterfeit goods, as well as trade with ‘occupants’ by road transport.”
Earlier these “veterans of the war for independence” launched a blockade by blocking the movement of freight trains that hauled coal from Donbass necessary for the operation of Ukrainian thermal power stations and iron and steelworks. The blockade began in December 2016 and continues to this day. Ukrainian government had to impose a state of emergency in the country and adopted a document dated February 15, 2017, “On the Implementation of Temporary Emergency Measures on the Electricity Market.” The decree expires on March 15, 2017. If the situation with coal supply will remain unchanged to that day Ukrainian government expects losses of $2 billion and an increase of the number of unemployment by half a million people.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency