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New attempt to block major highway made in western Ukraine

January 13, 21:12 UTC+3 KIEV
The police report did not mention who the protesters are
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KIEV, January 13. /TAS/. About 60 people blocked an international automobile road in Ukraine’s western Lviv region on Wednesday, the press service of the Lviv regional branch of the national police force said.

"Traffic is temporarily restricted on the automobile road M-09 Lviv-Rava Russkaya in the village of Soposhin where about 60 people are crossing the road by a pedestrian walk endlessly and thus halting the traffic," the press release said.

At the time of reporting, police crews were working at the site of the incident. They were trying to normalize the traffic and informing drivers about the restrictions.

The police report did not mention who the protesters were.

On Tuesday, a similar action was held by coalminers of Lvovugol company. About 250 men from the Stepnaya coalmine blocked the road demanding wages for last November and December.

On January 2, miners organized a spontaneous meeting demanding their wages for November and December 2015. Eight days later, they halted traffic near the township of Chervonograd and also threatened to block customs checkpoints on the Ukrainian-Polish border.

The Ukrainian government on Wednesday endorsed the formula for disbursing $21.5 million to the country’s coalminers.

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