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Kiev promises to resume operations of crossing point at Maryinka in Donbass on February 20

February 21, 17:51 UTC+3 KIEV
Kiev closed the Maryinka crossing points in Donbass on February 17 providing as a reason the aggravation of the situation in these areas
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KIEV, February 21. /TASS/. A crossing point at Maryinka in the Donetsk region will resume its operation on February 22, deputy chief of the headquarters of Kiev’s force operation in Donbass, Anatoly Kravchuk, said on Sunday.

"The Maryinka crossing point will resume its work in a regular regime from February 22, 2016. This decision was taken by the headquarters command as the situation in the are has stabilized," the press service of the force operation quoted Kravchuk as saying.

Kiev closed the Maryinka crossing points in Donbass on February 17 providing as a reason the aggravation of the situation in these areas. On February 13, Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council closed the Maryinka crossing point to ensure security of civilians in conditions of regular shelling, as it claimed. However, traffic of private motor vehicles via this crossing point was resumed on the following day.

Earlier, Kiev closed crossing points in Zaitsevo and Mayorsk, also on ground of the instable situation in these areas. The crossing point at Zaitsevo resumed operation on February 20.

The United Nations mission in Ukraine called on official Kiev not to close crossing points at the line of engagement in Donbass as this move might aggravate the humanitarian situation in the region.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics [DPR and LPR] described such actions of the Ukrainian side as flagrant terror against civilians. "The Ukrainian command is actually shifting to the standards of flagrant terror against people living in Donbass seeking complete blockade of the DPR and LPR. For these ends, Kiev is not only closing crossing points but also is mining the most busy sections of motor ways and footpaths used only by civilians," Eduard Basurin, a spokesman for the DPR defense ministry said.

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