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Civil activists are expressing their anger at new figures that show trade between Russia and Ukraine increased significantly in the first months of 2017 compared to the same period last year, even as the Kremlin continues to wage war in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

Russia was officially designated by Ukraine as an “aggressor state” in January 2015, some eight months after Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. In April 2014, the Kremlin launched its war in eastern Ukraine, sending a special operations team and then regular Russian troops across the border to direct and participate in the armed takeover of parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

Following the outbreak of the war, trade between Russia and Ukraine more than halved as the two countries introduced reciprocal bans.

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It's absolutely mind boggling... how can you do business with the same people that steal from you and attack your property and corrupt your brothers to kill their own brothers and everyday attack and kill Ukrainian people in order to take more land and power from you. How can this be? Either Poroshenko and Parliament doesn't care or they are playing a sick game with the Ukrainian people. Either way it must stop and the Russian aggression must stop.

Ukrainian oligarchs have way too much influence in Ukraine and it's economy. They are only interested in how much money they can make not the overall good of the country.

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