In order to shed some light on the present situation in the Donbass region, Stachnio asked Polish war correspondent David Hudziec, who spent almost nine months in the besieged territory, to give his comments on the issue.
"Now they will be trying to torment Donbass not by bombing which in fact consolidated the local Russians, but by economic attrition. The government in Kiev either realizes that this conflict cannot be solved militarily or it simply does not want to go on that way. Therefore, they are trying to do it economically. The idea behind this is that if people on the other side of the cordon see that the Donbass economic situation is worsening then the [independence] movement will fade away," Hudziec elaborated, as cited by the publicist.
The war correspondent also noted that the so-called opposition block in Ukraine — the former Party of Regions — has recently released a statement denouncing the blockade of Donbass as "illegal, unjustified, and unethical," claiming that both the blockade and hostilities against the people of eastern Ukraine "should be discontinued."
"If the opposition in Ukraine stopped being afraid we could expect some changes, but I do not think that will happen soon, certainly not sooner than with new elections as there will not be another Maidan, there are no longer any sponsors to finance it," Hudziec pointed out, as quoted by Konrad Stachnio.
About a month ago Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that the economic blockade of the LPR and DPR would be lifted only if Kiev restores its control over the Russo-Ukrainian border in the east, turning a deaf ear to the fact that his proposal violates the Minsk II accord.
Nikolai Grazhdanov, the Donetsk Regional Center for AIDS Prevention and Control's chief medical officer, stressed that the region's HIV-positive patients will be provided treatment only until August, if Kiev does not resume deliveries of drugs.
In March, 2015 Human Rights Watch informed the Ukrainian government that patients receiving treatment for HIV, tuberculosis, and opioid substitution therapy (OST) in the Donbass region are "facing interruptions of life-saving treatment" and urged Kiev to take all necessary measures to help these patients.
However, the Ukrainian government has yet to raise a finger to solve the problem, and is doing whatever it takes to asphyxiate the independence movement in the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics.
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