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KIEV, August 17. /TASS/. Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council has announced the closure of several transport corridors to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR).
"In connection with the risk of death for citizens, transport corridors through the disengagement line will be closed," the council said, adding that it related to corridors near the inhabited localities of Mayorskoye and Zaytsevo.
The council said "in case of fire area expansion, similar measures will be used in relation to other transport corridors too."
Transport blockade of Donbas started January 21, 2015. The Ukrainian authorities imposed a special passing regime effective on a number of highways for entry to the territories of the DPR and LPR. In March, Ukraine’s State Border Service stopped letting vehicles carrying foodstuffs pass to the DPR and LPR.
The full transport blockade started June 18, when all roads leading out of the DPR to Kiev-controlled territory were closed. On June 26, the blockade was softened, private vehicles were allowed to cross the border, but only in the direction of Kharkov and Mariupol.
Massive shelling of residential neighborhoods, including with the use of aviation, has killed thousands and led to a humanitarian disaster in east Ukraine since Kiev in April 2014 announced the start of an antiterrorism operation there, which involved the Armed Forces, the Interior Ministry’s National Guard and volunteer battalions made up of Euromaidan activists, many of whom hold far-right and neo-Nazi views.
Ukraine has regularly violated the ceasefire regime imposed as part of the Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk agreements.