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Ukraine’s national guard blocks all roads leading to Sloviansk — Interior Ministry

April 25, 2014, 21:45 UTC+3 KIEV
The ministry said this had been done to deny the protesters an opportunity to get reinforcement
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KIEV, April 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s national guard has blocked all the roads leading to the rebellious town of Sloviansk in the Donetsk region where the mostly Russian-speaking working-class population is demanding a referendum on the future of the region and a changeover of the country’s state structure into a federation.

The ministry said this had been done to deny the protesters an opportunity to get reinforcement.

Earlier in the day, Sergei Pashinsky, an interim acting chief of Ukraine’s “presidential administration”, declared the start of phase two of the armed operation near Sloviansk. He stated bluntly that the goal was to block the city.

Representatives of the people’s volunteer guard in Sloviansk said that only one transport route - a road leading to the regional capital Donetsk — remained unblocked until recently.

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