On Wednesday, Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) Head of State A V Zakharchenko told reporters that the DNR nationalised nearly 40 Ukrainian-jurisdiction Donbass enterprises because of the transport blockade in the region:
This affects about 40 enterprises… we introduced external administration at almost all of them, with few exceptions.
In late January, a group of Ukrainian extremists, including Ukrainian lawmakers, blocked railroads linking the patriot-controlled areas in the Donbass with the areas controlled by Kiev. They claimed that any trade with the DNR and LNR was illegal and that the trade between the Peoples Republics and the junta-controlled Ukraine was smuggling. The blockade led to a disruption in anthracite coal supplies to the Ukraine, which forced the Ukrainian authorities to introduce emergency measures in the energy sector to save resources.
1 March 2017