What can Slovyansk-servicing truck drivers expect after Ukraine-s presidential poll? Lessons from Angola and Frontex TIR schemes on border w/ Turkey

The restive East of Ukraine has recently seen a host of logistics cycles being disrupted. The Roshen confections — produced by factories owned by pro-EU presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko –were reported to be targeted by the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk. Same story with the banking mammoth, Privatbank, owned by pro-Kyiv Dnipropetrovsk-based Ihor Kolomoyskyy.

'Guerilla Marketing' for the Ukrainian fuel company OKKO, somewhere between Donetsk and Slovyansk, Ukraine's geopolitics playground
‘Guerilla Marketing’ for the Ukrainian fuel company OKKO, somewhere between Donetsk and Slovyansk, Ukraine’s geopolitics playground

Even Donetsk-based oligarch Rinat Akhmetov’s coal-fuelled business came under threat, as reports of Donetsk Railways seizures started flowing in last week.

A little earlier, at least two OKKO fuel delivery trucks — priced at €150,000 each  — were crack opened like your tuna tin and have since become something of an iconic roadblocks on the Kharkiv-Rostov-on-Don highway between Slovyansk and Donetsk, competing in symbolism and graphicality only with half a dozen Russia-sourced GAZelle marshrutkas and Soviet-manufactured trolleybuses set ablaze on central Kramatorsk streets.

Russia-sourced GAZelle marshrutkas and Soviet-manufactured trolleybuses , Kramatorsk in Eastern Ukraine, May 2014. 20 years after the Rwanda genocide, media propaganda still has quite tangible a result.
Russia-sourced GAZelle marshrutkas and Soviet-manufactured trolleybuses set on fire in central Kramatorsk in Eastern Ukraine, May 2014. 20 years after the Rwanda genocide, media propaganda still has quite tangible a result.

As Ukrainians go to the long-awaited poll today and their EU peers are in the final day of the European parliament vote, we suggest you sample some video reports and ask yourself: what will post-conflict and slowly integrating infrastructure as well as logistical flow look like for Ukraine after May 25?

Steppes in Sync started wondering about this while comparing modern life of Angola truck drivers

with 10-km-, 12-hour-long Frontex hurdles, bribe routine in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania that their socks-loaded Turkish peers have to still deal with en route to Dartford, UK

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