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IZVARINO BORDER-CROSSING POINT, September 13. /ITAR-TASS/. There is a line of over 300 cars of residents of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic on the Ukrainian-Russian border, an Itar-Tass correspondent reported Saturday.
The cars are packed with belongings, the correspondent said. Refugees explained to Itar-Tass that they are trying to use the truce to leave Ukraine taking with them the few things left. Many of them said they do not hope to return.
Clashes between troops loyal to Kiev and local militias in the southeast Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk regions during Kiev’s military operation to regain control over the breakaway territories, which call themselves the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s republics (DPR and LPR), have killed hundreds of civilians, brought destruction and forced hundreds of thousands to flee the area.
The parties to the Ukrainian conflict agreed on cessation of fire during talks mediated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Minsk on September 5. The long hoped-for ceasefire took effect the same day, but the West keeps imposing sanctions on Russia and claiming Moscow is involved in hostilities in Ukraine, which Russia has repeatedly denied.