Kiev May Ban Trade With Eastern Donbass Region, Russia's Crimea

© AFP 2022 / YURY KIRNICHNYMembers of the Ukrainian parliament attend a session dedicated to a vote on the creation of a new National Guard force, in Kiev, on March 13, 2014
Members of the Ukrainian parliament attend a session dedicated to a vote on the creation of a new National Guard force, in Kiev, on March 13, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Kiev may ban trade with the self-proclimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and with Russia's peninsula of Crimea, as a bill has been submitted to the Ukrainian parliament.

Looking to avoid payoffs to Ukrainian border guards at border checkpoints with the self-proclaimed Donbass republics, Ukrainian businessmen and truck drivers have been heading east, to Russia, where the trucks are rerouted and sent back into Donetsk and Lugansk, joining the steady stream of Russian humanitarian and commercial deliveries. - Sputnik International
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KIEV (Sputnik) — A bill seeking to ban trade with what Kiev regards as its "occupied territories" in the country's southeast and the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea has been submitted to the Ukrainian parliament, the legislature said Friday on its website.

The draft law titled “on the trade ban with temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories” was handed in by Yuriy Levchenko, a non-attached member of Ukraine’s unicameral Verkhovna Rada.

It comes after Yuriy Lutsenko, the leader of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko party, urged to “stop trading with occupants” and paying social benefits to people in the conflict zone.

Ukraine's southeastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk were hit by a humanitarian crisis last year after a Kiev-led military operation there disrupted lives of millions and killed over 6,400 people, according to UN estimates.

The humanitarian crisis escalated in November 2014 when Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree imposing an economic blockade on self-proclaimed Donbass republics and withdrawing all state-funded health, educational and social protection organizations from the region under control of independence supporters, who refused to recognize new Kiev authorities that came to power after a coup in February 2014.

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