According to tuki, the resumption of trade — "one of the stages of the strategic plan" of Kiev to regain control over the breakaway republics. He also noted that the policy of isolation of the DNI and the LC can lead to the fact that "we (the Ukrainian authorities) will receive a loss of population, the anger of the people towards us".

However, the Deputy Minister stressed that Kiev does not intend to resume social payments to citizens in the territories of the breakaway republics. "Carrying out the payments to the occupied territory, we will subsidize the production capacity of the aggressor", — he said.

In February, the Deputy corps commander defense Ministry of DNR, Eduard Basurin stated that Kiev unilaterally closed the border with the breakaway Republic due to the fact that the DNI cheaper basic foods.

The armed conflict in the Donbas began in April 2014, after Kiev authorities announced the start of the antiterrorist operation.