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Translated by Ollie Richardson


The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko recognized the loss of Donbass by Kiev. According to him, responsibility for this lies at Ukrainian nationalists, who arranged a blockade against the unrecognized Republics.

Poroshenko made the corresponding statement on Monday, March 20th, during a speech at a meeting of the Council of Regions. According to him, because of the actions of radicals, Kiev “lost influence in these territories”.

Also, the Ukrainian president added that the blockade of Donbass by radicals became the reason that the International Monetary Fund delayed consideration of the issue of allocating to Kiev the next tranche. According to Poroshenko, these means were critically necessary for the replenishment of the Ukrainian budget.

It is noteworthy that slightly less than a week ago Poroshenko suggested to the Council of National Security and Defence (NSDC) to initiate a total blockade of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics before returning the enterprises located there under the jurisdiction of Kiev.

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