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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Zakharchenko sez Contact Line Between the DNR and Junta-Controlled Territory is Now a State Border


According to a decree issued by Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) Head of State A V Zakharchenko, the contact line between the DNR and junta-controlled territory is now an official state border. The text of the decree appeared on the DNR MGB official website. According to the document, individuals can cross the line of contact only at border control points with mandatory registration. Control over the decree’s implementation is in the hands of the DNR MGB, the DNR Ministry of Revenue, and the DNR MVD. A text message from the MGB read:

The DNR MGB warns, in re paragraph 4 of this decree, that any activities related to illegal crossing of the line of contact or organising illegal exit or entry into the DNR will be actionable under the DNR Criminal Code, namely Article 378 “Illegal Crossing of the State Border”.

On 3 March, Zakharchenko announced:

There’s no longer any Ukrainian jurisdiction here. We’ve cut all ties with the Ukraine, as we’re at war with them. Yes, we sold coal to them; we needed money to pay our people. However, because we’re now under blockade, we’ve authorised a mutual blockade against the Ukraine.

At the end of January, former military operatives who’d served in the Donbass, including deputies of the Ukrainian Verkhovnaya Rada, blocked rail links with the DNR and LNR.

13 March 2017

RIA Novosti


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