EurActiv on 18th July reported that the Ukrainian government has adopted new legislation to strengthen customs co-operation with the EU in order to better combat corruption and smuggling, including tobacco products. It is reported that Ukraine has become a world hub for the supply of illegal cigarettes to Europe. From China, the UAE through Odesa, Belarus, Moldova, from uncontrolled territories [of Donbas] through Ukraine, as a kind of a ‘wild land’, illegal cigarettes go to Europe.
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