#Commentary of Vladimir Bidyovka on Leonid Kuchma’s statement regarding condition for lifting blockade
The conditions for lifting the economic blockade of the Donbass, which were announced at the negotiations in Minsk by Leonid Kuchma, are not constructive proposals, but, on the contrary, look more like the standard populist statements that come from representatives of the Ukrainian political elite.
I would like to remind you that it was Ukraine that initiated the economic blockade. The country of the victorious oligarchy has made every effort to protect the interests of merchants who had been robbing the Donbass people for years. They moved away almost all the assets, plundered the enterprises as much as possible, abandoned labour collectives – the stake of the Ukrainian party was to create the most unfavourable conditions for the residents of the Republics. The transition of enterprises in 2017 under the external control of the DPR and the establishment of relations with the Russian Federation ultimately prevented an economic collapse. Ukraine, through the blockade, failed to achieve its goal – to force our citizens to abandon the Republic, and their choice.
The opinion expressed by the former president of Ukraine is nothing more than words, for everyone who is somehow connected with politics in this country works invariably in the interests of the oligarchs. I do not think that lifting the blockade is actually on the agenda.