Blockade of Donbass threatens Ukraine’s economy.

The blockade the movement of goods across the line of demarcation in the Donbass threatens the economic growth of Ukraine. This was stated by Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman at a business forum in Kiev.

“Today there is the threat of withholding of economic growth in connection with the blockade, which occurred in the East of the country. I said, and now say – this blockade occurs solely in the interests of the Russian Federation. Those who understand economic processes, also understand that this is the case. Now we look at what you need to do to keep the situation and provide an appropriate growth,” he said.

This Groisman said that the government views positively the prospects of the Ukrainian economy in 2017 in connection with the reorientation to new markets and prospects for attracting investment.

“We are optimistic about in the year 2017”, – said the Prime Minister.

Yesterday at the meeting of the Council , the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko decided to temporarily completely stop transport – automobile and railway – from the occupied territories of Donbass.

After that , the Council supported the proposal of the President in connection with the seizure of the Ukrainian enterprises and the deterioration of the situation in the zone of the military operation in the Donbass. As stated by Oleksandr Turchynov, “in pursuance of the NSDC decision until 13:00 today will be closed all roads and railway lines leading to the separation line”.