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Russia's economic blockade of Ukraine has failed: Kyiv hails success of the new "Silk Road"

Trade without the Kremlin continues. The Ukrainian government is upbeat about its new “Silk Road” transport route which takes goods to China whilst bypassing Russia, Ukraine Today reported.

“We've succeeded in launching the test shipment and in showing Russia that the economic and transit blockade of Ukraine will fail,” said Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine, according to Ukraine Today.

A first test shipment took 15 days to reach its destination through two seas and three states rather than the planned 11. But officials say all issues will quickly be resolved.

Lithuania may join Ukraine on Silk Road heading for Asia to bypass RussiaUkrainian officials are in the process of promoting the route among European Union member states. Negotiations with Poland and Austria are underway.

See unian.info’s video section for more of the latest news from Ukraine in video from Ukraine Today, Ukraine’s 24-hour English-language news channel.

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