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 Conflict between Donbas blockade participants and police in Luhansk region: activists report about detentions, police claim they voluntarily left checkpoint

A conflict sparked between law enforcers and activists blocking trade with the occupied Donbas in the Luhansk region.

As reported by Censor.NET, the police claim that the activists carrying out observations at the so-called Bohdan checkpoint decided to relocate it because further monitoring was allegedly counterproductive.

"Ukrzaliznytsia employees reported to the Popasna police department that their working group was stopped by blockade activists today as it was inspecting the railroad tracks. The activists prevented them from carrying out further inspection. The police investigators left for the scene. After recording the efforts to obstruct the work of the Ukrzaliznytsia employees, the police officers and blockade participants have reached an agreement that further operation of the so-called Bohdan checkpoint was counterproductive as of today. A joint decision was taken to implement the decision of the NSDC to redeploy the public observation post run by the activists to the Svitlanove railroad station," the police said.

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In turn, the Headquarters of the action to block trade with the invaders gave its version of the events: "The armed members of the National Guard accompanied by hired thugs came and bashed the observation point camp. Avakov's henchmen unreasonably detained several activists monitoring blockade. About 12 unknown armed persons in balaclavas stay at the observation point right now".

"The observation point will be restored soon," the activists stressed.

"Among those detained was Kozak Mikhalych, who has been a member of the Donbas Volunteer Battalion since 2014. It is worth noting that Mikhalych took part in liberation of Popasna after militia officers surrendered the town to the separatists. And now the same militia officers renamed into the police take Mikhalych to the police precinct they once surrendered to the "DPR"/"LPR" militants," the activists added.

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On Jan. 25, anti-terrorist operation (ATO) veterans blocked the Luhansk-Popasna haul, launching a trade blockade of the occupied Donbas areas. The movement of 12 trains with a total of 700 cars has been barred.

Later, Deputy Minister for the Occupied Territories and IDPs Heorhii Tuka said the decision to launch trade blockade was extra-legal. Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and IDPs Vadym Chernysh spoke against possible ban on commodities delivery across the contact line in the Donbas: "We need to be able to deliver coal, otherwise we will face problems throughout the country."

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

On March 15, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine imposed a temporary ban on the movement of goods across the demarcation line in the Donbas. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the only exception was humanitarian aid supplied by Ukrainian and international organizations.
 
 
 
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