Media: in Kharkiv, two groups started shooting because of the blockade of Donbass

MOSCOW, 18 Jul — RIA Novosti. In Kharkov between the members of the volunteer battalion “Donbass” and members of “Eastern corps” skirmish due to the blockade of Donbass, reports the Ukrainian edition of “Public Kharkiv”.

“In Sochi there was a firefight that wounded one person. According to Oleg Shiryaev, veterans of the battalion “Donbass” was shot at the activists of “Eastern body”, the cause of fire — the conflict over the blockade,” — stated in the message of the media in Facebook.

It is noted that in a shootout that wounded one person who was taken to hospital in serious condition. After the shooting, the soldiers of the battalion “Donbass” surrendered to the police.

On the website of police in Kharkiv region, in turn, reported that on Friday evening in Kharkiv there was a scuffle in which one man was wounded. According to preliminary data, the shot was fired from the hunting weapon. On the scene left eight squads of patrol service and investigative team the Shevchenko police Department of Kharkiv.

“At law enforcement agencies, arrested nine people and seized weapons. Now the examination of the scene continues,” — said in a statement to the police.

In late January, a group of former members of the military operation in the Donbass, including the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine blocked in some parts of the freight rail traffic from the uncontrolled Kiev territory of Donbass. They stated that, in their opinion, any trade with the breakaway republics is illegal, and all carried out the transport of goods are smuggled.

The blockade has led to shortages of anthracite coal, which is mined in the uncontrolled territories of Kiev Donbass. In this regard, the Ukrainian authorities were forced to introduce emergency measures in the energy sector with the aim of saving resources.

The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict began more than 10 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed including during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which from September 2014 adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continue shooting.