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Ukrainian border guards denying entry of Crimea for trucks carrying foodstuffs

June 26, 2015, 18:35 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
The goal of blockade is to destabilize the situation in the economy and to compel Russia to spend as much resource as possible for assuring supplies to Crimea, the Russian border guard department says
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SIMFEROPOL, June 26. /TASS/. Ukrainian border service does not let trucks carrying foodstuffs cross the Ukrainian-Russian border into the territory of Crimea, the Crimean branch of the border service reporting to Russia's federal security service FSB said in a report on Thursday.

"Ukraine has unilaterally banned transportation of consumer goods via the border on trucks," the report said.

"The goal of this blockade is to destabilize the situation in the economy and in the foodstuffs sector and to compel Russia to spend as much resource as possible for assuring supplies to Crimea," the Russian border guard department said.

More than 250 trucks are queuing up at checkpoints on the Ukrainian side of the border, the FSB said.

"The situation provoked purportedly by the authorities of the neighboring country has attained a critical point, as the fruit and vegetables are perishing fast under the scorching sun and the owners of cargoes are literally suffering losses in front of everyone's eyes," the report indicated. "The drivers' desire to get into the Russian territory as fast as possible has triggered a number of conflicts on the border, and quarrels and brawls among those who are deadlocked in the queue have begun."

According to the FSB information, most of these drivers are self-employed businessmen from the neighboring regions of Ukraine who can lose the markets and revenues and bump into a crisis of overproduction.

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