ATO Members Blame Ukrainian Authorities, Threaten Total Blockade of Donbass

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Former ATO-members of the punitive “Donbass”, “Aidar” battalions and “Right Sector” became out of control – they threatened to start a full blockade of all rail and road transport in Donbass.

On 16.12.16, in Kiev, what for more than a year political experts were sounding has happened – the uprising of the ATO-members. The so-called ATO veterans, militants of the punitive battalions “Donbass”, “Aidar” and “Right Sector” held a press conference under the name “Initiative of veterans of war for independence of Ukraine of blocking the supply of the goods in the DPR and LPR through the line of differentiation”, in which they made it clear that they spit on the current government, which is mired in corruption, and it is they who will decide the issue of Donbass themselves.

For now, there is only one issue – the issue of exchange of prisoners-of-war “all for all”.

“We made a decision, we made an ultimatum first of all to the Sirs of the LDPR. If, within seven days, our soldiers will not be released, exchanged, we don’t care how, we will begin a full blockade of all rail and road transport in Donbass. We will block all movement both there and back to the demarcation line,” stated the second commander of the battalion “Donbass” Anatoly Vinogrodsky.

He also noted that the authorities in Kiev became “self-indulgent”.

“Today we see, thanks to electronic declarations, and in general, that some people have a very good feeling, and are living as if there is no war,” he said.

In addition, Vinogrodsky commented on the recent meeting between the former artillery corrector Nadiya Savchenko and heads LDPR Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky.

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“The Internet is full of talk about Savchenko, I want to say the following. Nadiya Savchenko is an out of the ordinary person. She tries to do something in this pile of s**t that fell on us. I don’t blame her for anything. But at the same time, I believe that to conduct negotiations with Donbass does not make sense,” said the punisher.

Former acting Chief of Staff of the punitive “Aidar” battalion Valentin Likholit added that any exchange of prisoners-of-war by the formula “five by five” is no more.

“We demand the exchange of all for all, as is stipulated in the Minsk agreements. If the government cannot do it, we will do it. Here they only deceive the Ukrainian people and do nothing for their fighters. There was Maidan, but nothing has changed, they continue to loot and plunder. Planes are already being prepared for departure. How long can they continue to loot the state, it is already groaning, poor. We veterans must unite and to put an end to it. We are a force,” he said.

“Right sector” is an extremist organization banned in Russia and the LDPR.

As a reminder, earlier it was reported that the residents of Donbass are not afraid of any blockades, the main thing for them is that Ukrainian troops never enter the territory of the LDPR, and that they never become a part of Ukraine.

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