SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Hardly the blockade of Ukrainian food supplies on the Russia-annexed peninsula has started, when the Crimean traders have already rushed to put up prices, reports Today citing the self-proclaimed Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Ruslan Balbec.

"Golden" vegetables have reached the shop shelves, complains the Crimean "Deputy Prime Minister". “On the Hungarian border, they try to profit from poor refugees: sell them water and food at triple the prices. A similar situation is tried to be provoked in Crimea.

Ruslan Balbec also said that price gouging of this kind would be "strictly punished as a warning to others." Crimeans confirm the prices to have gone up in the markets, but still not so much. First of all it touches Simferopol.

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