Militants forbade public officials to enter the territory of Ukraine, Ukrainian Army HQ reported on Facebook.
'A travel ban for so-called public officials and increase of forbidden zones around strategic objects, where artillery systems and other heavy arms of the opponent are concealed, became another cynical action against the rights and freedoms of Ukrainians who live on the territory of the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk,' the message said.
Alexander Hug, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine said that OSCE plans to cover the topic of the ban concerning the movement of certain population categories to the occupied Donbas in his interview for Deutsche Welle.
“We have acknowledged this announcement as it was in the media. Moreover, we have spoken with citizens, who expressed concern. There is an uncertainty in terms of the implementation of such bans. We will monitor that and publish certain facts. The freedom of movement has already become complicated for the citizens,” Hug said. He added that militants who control the part of the Donbas region forbade some population categories to leave this territory.
In addition, illegal armed groups have used multiple missile launchers against the Ukrainian anti-terrorist forces - the weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreement while hiding behind “military unit” training on the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, near Debaltseve, Alchevsk, Novoazovsk, Boykovskye (Telmanove), the Army HQ reported.
It was noted that earlier in February, militants of the illegal armed units became more aggressive towards the local residents.