(QHA) -

Breaking trade and transportation ties with Crimea and parts of the Donbas region controlled by the separatists is a bad idea, said Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a news conference on Dec. 30, according to KyivPost.

The comment followed previous government intentions to cut supplies of gas and electricity to Crimea and the stronghold cities for Donbas rebels.

"Limited transport communication with Crimea should be restored," said Yatsenyuk, adding that “as a citizen he stands for full separation from the Crimean peninsula, but as a prime minister he understands this would be unfair towards Ukrainians living there who want to travel to the mainland.

Commenting on the Donbas, Yatsenyuk said that turning off the electricity and gas supplies to Crimea and rebel-held Donbas regions lead to catastrophe. However, the price of gas and electric power will be deducted from the social payments transferred to those living in the separatist-controlled areas.

Crimea, which unified with Russia in March depends on gas, electricity and water from mainland Ukraine.