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 Turchynov: All roads and railways across contact line to be shut down by 1 p.m. today

Following a decision by Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, all roads and rail tracks running towards the demarcation line will be blocked by the National Police and the National Guard.

National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov told journalists, Censor.NET reports quoting the NSDC press service.

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"Pursuant to the decision by the National Security and Defense Council, by 1 p.m. today, the National Police and the National Guard will block all roads and railways leading to the line of contact for any freight traffic," he said.

According to him, no provocations or sabotage activity that may harm the security of the state will be allowed in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone.

"The Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service will engage the public for the assistance. This doesn't concern convicted persons or provocateurs, but those who really want to help the state ensure full control over the fulfillment of the NSDC decision," Turchynov said.

"I want to address all patriots: those of you who want to defend Ukraine, please sign the contract and join the armed forces or the National Guard," the NSDC secretary summed up.

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Jan. 25, anti-terrorist operation (ATO) veterans shut down the Luhansk-Popasna haul, launching a trade blockade of the terrorist-held areas in the Donbas.

Feb. 2, participants of the trade blockade barred another railroad track near Bakhmut.

Feb. 16, protesters started to shut down highways.

Feb. 27, separatist websites published a joint statement by the leaders of the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics," demanding Kyiv to lift the blockade by March 1. Otherwise, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky promised to seize control of all Ukrainian enterprises and stop deliveries of coal to Ukraine.

March 1, the "DPR" announced the introduction of "external administration" at the Ukrainian enterprises located in the occupied part of the Donetsk region. As a result, a subsidiary of French company Air Liquide halted its work in occupied Yenakiieve.

March 13, a Donbas blockade checkpoint at the Kryvyi Torets railway crossing was dismantled by law enforcers. The information was confirmed by Samopomich MP Semen Semenchenko. A video footage with the seized weapons of blockade participants was released later.
   
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