Hundreds of trucks stranded at checkpoints on Ukraine-Crimea border

The Ukrainian State Border Service has dubbed as calm and controllable the situation at checkpoints on the border with Crimea.

The Ukrainian State Border Service has dubbed as calm and controllable the situation at checkpoints on the border with Crimea.

"In general, the situation is calm and controllable. The State Border Service has been maintaining close contacts with representatives of the Mejlis and public organizations that are actively contributing to the blockade," State Border Service spokesperson Oleh Slobodyan told Interfax on Sept.21.

Not a single truck crossed into Crimea last night or on Sept.21 morning, he said.

"Some of the drivers who arrived yesterday have finally turned back. There are no trucks standing at the Chongar checkpoint now, there are about 80 vehicles at [the] Kalanchak [checkpoint], and about 110-115 in Chaplynka," the spokesman said.

A number of Ukrainian politicians had declared their intention to start blocking the delivery of Ukrainian commodities to Crimea on September 20 to protest against the peninsula's reunification with Russia. The authorities of the Russian region replied that Crimea was receiving most commodities from Russian producers, and that the siege would primarily do harm to the enterprises of southern Ukraine oriented towards the Crimean market.

Crimea head Sergei Aksyonov said that the trade embargo on Crimea that Ukrainian activists had started with the backing of some Ukrainian politicians would have no effect on the region's provision with food.

"This will pass unnoticed by Crimea. In fact, this is not a problem. No more than 5 percent of goods sold by food stores in the Republic of Crimea are Ukrainian. Our marketplaces are selling potatoes from Kursk and Tula. The import substitution process is practically complete," Aksyonov told reporters on Sept.20.

He also said that Crimea had formed food reserves and that the Kerch ferry line connecting Crimea to other regions of Russia was able to expand cargo transportation to the peninsula if necessary.

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