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Ukraine completely blocks entry to country’s east — DPR official

February 23, 2015, 14:25 UTC+3

According to the parliamentary speaker of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, no one can leave eastern Ukraine's republics without a pass

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MOSCOW, February 23. /TASS/. Security forces in Kiev are blocking entry to Ukraine’s eastern regions, the parliamentary speaker of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said on Tuesday.

"Ukraine has completely blocked the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. No one can leave without a pass," Andrey Purgin told Rossiya-24 television news channel, noting that even with a pass people are not allowed to leave eastern territories.

"Residence in Donetsk and Luhansk has become a guarantee of no access to Ukraine," he added.

On February 9, Ukraine’s government published a decree on its website introducing a border regime with a number of cities in the country’s east from February 10.

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