Hlib Vyshlinsky is an economist, who was kind enough to take his time to explain the blockade and how trade was going on between the territories of the so-called DNR and LNR and the territories of Ukraine controlled by the Kyiv government.

Turns out, both Kyiv and Moscow seemed to be "okay" with the frozen conflict, aka the status quo in East-Ukraine.

In order to catch up with the story, please do check out some of my previous posts, such as this, this and this. Don't worry, it won't take long.

If you are up to date, well, continue reading, then enjoy the first part of the interview with Hlib.

I know that most of the posts revolve around the topic of the blockade. Before you'd think it is getting boring, let me point it out, that it describes the political and economical consequences of Maidan and the conflict in East-Ukraine remarkably well.

Economically speaking, the problem is, that the armed conflict cuts a traditional supply chain. We are not talking about electricity or water supply lines, which is a common thing in armed conflicts. In this case, the conflict cut the supply chain in Ukrainian ferrous metal industry.

This industry appeared in Ukraine, or technically speaking back in the Russian Empire, not without a reason. But let the expert explain.

Trust me, if you want to understand the Donbass conflict, this video is well worth your time.

Second part is coming soon, where it will be discussed how Poroshenko could have had a hand in benefiting from the "Trade on Blood", and why it seems for many Ukrainians that it was better under ousted president Viktor Yanukovich.