The State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources explained that the permits were revoked in connection with the fact that the enterprises carrying out mining and other operations failed to provide the agency with statistical reports, which according to state law is required every thirty days.
The industries whose permits were revoked include the Donetsk and Lugansk coal mining firms Ordzhonikidzeugol, Shahterskantratsit, Torezantratsit, Luganskugol, Donbasantratsit, and others.
In Crimea, permits were revoked for the wine and cognac maker Bakhchisaray, the Crimean Soda Plant, the Malaklava Mine Group, the nonalcoholic beer plant 'Crimea', the Simferopol International Airport, and the Kerch Metallurgical Complex.
Experts note that Crimean firms will be virtually unaffected by the decision, due to their continuing incorporation into the Russian economic and regulatory environment. In practice, the DPR and LPR, which already suffer from an economic and humanitarian blockade, are also little affected by the Kiev-based regulatory body's decision.
Last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that the blockade will remain in place until Kiev restores control over the border with Russia, noting that "Kiev will not subsidize and assist the murderous militants and help keep them afloat." Poroshenko echoed the comments of Poroshenko Bloc head Yuriy Lutsenko, who called the militia-held Donbass a "cancerous tumor."