Poroshenko claims to lose influence on Donbass due to blockade

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that, as a result of the blockade of Donbass by radicals, Ukraine completely lost influence on this territory. The Head of State said this at a meeting of the Regional Security Council in Kiev.

"As a result of the blockade, Ukraine lost its last sphere of influence on this territory," Poroshenko said.

"Simultaneously, a blow has been struck on domestic energy, metallurgy, and the budget," the president said.

"The organizers of the blockade deceived the society, as it was not a blockade of the ORDO/ORLO (certain districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions – Ed.) – what is this blockade, when there is a hole in the border, including hundreds of kilometers with the Russian Federation? In fact, it turned out to be a special operation aimed at pushing the occupied regions out of Ukrainian Donbass to the Russian Federation," he said.

According to him, the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine to stop the transport communication with uncontrolled territory was forced. It suspended the "chaos in which blockade participants tried to sink the whole country."

Poroshenko also noted that the organizers of the blockade should be ready to bear responsibility for their actions.

DONi News Agency