Ukraine was the main importer of beer and meat from Russia from-for the DNI and LC

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Ukraine is the largest importer of beer and meat from Russia, though has entered in response to the Russian predamage ban on the import of Russian products Vedomosti”. According to the newspaper, the reason is the supply in the Donbass

As “Vedomosti”, citing data from the Federal customs service, for 2016 deliveries of beer from Russia to Ukraine increased by 1.5 times. Meat and offal in 2013-2014 Ukraine almost did not buy, but last year there were delivered to 47 893 MT of this product. In Ukraine, as follows from the data of the FCS, nearly 30% of the total Russian export of beer and meat, making Ukraine the largest buyer of both, and meat – for the first time.

At the same time at the end of 2015, the authorities of Ukraine in response to Russian predamage introduced a ban on imports of most products from Russia, including beer and meat. According to the state service of statistics of Ukraine, in January – November last year imports of meat into the country from Russia decreased by more than 40 times to $15 400. According to the officer, beer dynamics is similar.

The representative of the Ministry of agrarian policy of Ukraine could not explain the dynamics of export of Russian goods to Ukraine. The representative of the FCS was not able to specify what the Ukrainian regions of Russia supplies products. The state statistics service of Ukraine data on deliveries to Lugansk and Donetsk are not fixes, but they can be recorded as exports to Ukraine, says a member of the Ukrainian service.

Dozens of interlocutors of “sheets” in the Russian industrial and trade companies reported that Russian products are supplied in the self-proclaimed Republic of Donbass.

The recipients are almost all exported for the last two years Ukraine beef and pork companies in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, “Vedomosti” reports with reference to the detailed customs statistics. According to the President of the National swine Union Yuri Kovalev, the LC and the DNI lacks its own products, is also greatly reduced and delivery from the Ukraine, so last year the Russian enterprises have established trade relations with customers in the unrecognized republics. Supplies – commercial, is not humanitarian aid, says Kovalev.

On the Russian meat works, a meat processing plant in Makiivka and Luhansk meat processing plant, told the newspaper their employees.

The products of all the largest Russian producers delivered in the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s Republic, say market participants and industry experts, as well as employees working in the Donbass retailers. Russian manufacturers claim that do not sell anything in the DNI and LC, or refuse to discuss this topic, say “Vedomosti”. Sending a small batch of chicken – 18 t – recognized only the representative of GK “White bird”.

Representatives “Cherkizovo” and “Miracolosa” declined to comment. The representatives of the two companies said that part of the production is shipped to wholesalers, and admitted that the products may sell in the unrecognized republics in the Donbass. Asked about the anonymity of a Russian lawyer and his Kyiv colleague called to explain the reluctance of the leading companies associated with the supply in the Donbass. In their opinion, such deliveries is fraught with sanctions.

A source close to the leadership of the DNR, said that the importation of products from Russia has increased, but significantly less than estimates of the FCS. According to him, the supply of Russian meat disadvantageous – from the Ukraine to the DNR smuggled cheaper. On the territory of the Republic, some companies produce products, in particular sausage, from Russian raw materials, some of them try to circumvent the embargo and to deliver them to Russia, but not very well, he says.

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