"There is the transfer of agricultural machinery from Russia into areas, controlled by DPR and LPR… In southern occupied districts of the Lugansk Region, fields are being harvested by Russian agricultural specialists," Tymchuk said, as cited by Regnum.
Tymchuk started to spread the panic a little early, Sergei Litvin, adviser to the LPR Minister of Agriculture, told Regnum.
"Between us [LPR] and Russia, there is, indeed, a contract on the delivery of agricultural machinery to help our farmers. However, the machinery hasn't arrived yet, preparatory activities are currently being undertaken, so Tymchuk rushed a bit, but perhaps he can foresee things," Litvin said.
In the fall of 2014, Ukraine decided to impose a full economic and social blockade on LPR and DPR. The UN Refugee Agency and OSCE said Kiev's decision was inhumane, as a humanitarian crisis in Donbass was getting out of control.
Russia has reacted to the humanitarian crisis in Donbass by sending aid convoys to the region. Last week, Russia sent its 34th humanitarian aid convoy for residents of Donbass. Overall, Russia has sent over 41,000 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Donbass since August, 2014.