Poroshenko also reiterated that Russia has an impact on the situation in the Donbass. According to the President, which leads the TV channel "112 Ukraine", the blockade of Donbass is a special operation by its displacement in Russia.
As said the Ukrainian leader, the organizers of the blockade proved himself "as the unsurpassed master of political PR". They correctly figured out the point of pain, caught the wave of public expectations, found an exposed nerve, but the organizers of the blockade deceived society," said the President, quoted by UNN.
According to Poroshenko, in this territory, the blockade is impossible, as there is "a hole in the border, including from Russia — hundreds of kilometers". "Actually it was a special operation aimed to push the occupied areas from the Ukrainian Donbass in the Russian Federation", — said the President.
The President also explained that the decision of the Council of national security and defense Council (NSDC) on the temporary suspension of transport communication "occupied territories" had "forced" and "only stopped the chaos into which the blockade was trying to plunge the entire country." "The blockade has ensured that the created reason, that businesses were seized, confiscated, looted, and we have no right to take products from companies that captured militants. And this is what NSDC decision", — stated Poroshenko.
At the meeting on Monday, March 20, Petro Poroshenko also said that the war in the East of Ukraine most affected industry, however, according to him, she gradually begins to recover. According to the President, "lost up to 20% of the industrial potential of the country".
Commenting on the decision of the International monetary Fund (IMF) to postpone the discussion of anti-crisis program of Ukraine Poroshenko said that Kiev in the near future expects to receive next tranche of the loan. He associated with the effects of the embargo on the transfer of the consideration to allocate Ukraine tranche in the amount of $ 1 billion. "Today will be conducting intensive negotiations with the Ministry of Finance, national Bank and Prime Minister (Vladimir Groisman) in order to fix the results that was caused by the irresponsible behavior of Ukrainian politicians. We must unite in order to get the tranche" (quoted by TASS), — said Poroshenko.
The Ukrainian leader stressed that the transport blockade of Donbass attacked the energy sector, metallurgy, budget, created additional risks for the national currency. "We will find a solution, but this requires time and money," he said.
Representatives of the so-called Ukrainian volunteer battalions, supported by some deputies, January 25, blocked the movement of freight trains with coal from uncontrolled Kiev areas of Donbass. As a result, Ukraine lost coal, in February, Kiev has imposed emergency measures in the energy sector.
The organizers of the blockade at first explained their actions by the need to combat smuggling, but then demanded the cessation of all trade relations with the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR).
27 Feb Chapter DND and LNR Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Carpenter made a joint statement which announced the forced decision to introduce from March 1 the external management of all employees in the republics of Ukrainian enterprises, which was done. The President said that this decision is evidence of "Russian occupation" of Donbass. Last week, Kiev the decision of the Council temporarily suspended all transport links with uncontrolled Kiev territories of Donbass.