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Militants block work of entry-exit checkpoint in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

A daily entry is carried out only in Stanytsia Luhanska out of seven open checkpoints; an illegal armed formation in front of the Novotroitske checkpoint unblocks traffic twice a week - on Mondays and Fridays
17:59, 6 April 2021

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Russian-backed forces continue to block the operation of entry-exit checkpoints. The headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) reported this.

"According to the decision of the Commander of the Joint Forces Operation, all the checkpoints are open for passage through the demarcation line. Checkpoints are open daily from 8 am to 4 pm. However, traffic in most humanitarian corridors is blocked by the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine," the statement said.

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It is reported that a daily pass is carried out only in Stanytsia Luhanska out of seven open checkpoints. An illegal armed formation in front of the Novotroitske checkpoint unblocks traffic twice a week - on Mondays and Fridays.

Passenger traffic has decreased by 30% compared to last week at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint (Luhansk region). 5,482 people followed this road corridor to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, and 4,671 people followed this road corridor to the controlled territory during the week.

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239 citizens and 40 vehicles crossed the line of demarcation to the temporarily occupied part of the Donetsk region, while 267 citizens and 63 vehicles drove into the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities at the Novotroitske checkpoint.

Two trucks from the International Committee of the Red Cross passed through the Shchastya checkpoint. Medicines were delivered for the needs of the residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

"Besides, the Russian-backed forces didn't let 20 citizens to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, border guards provided their return to the controlled territory," JFO added.

As it was reported, President Zelensky held a phone talk with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and informed him about the escalation of the situation in Donbas, the build-up of the Russian military force near the Ukrainian-Russian border, and attempts of Russia to disrupt the implementation of Minsk Agreements. 

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