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DPR confirms resumption of traffic via Maryinka checkpoint

March 06, 17:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier Ukraine’s state border service said that all cross points along the line of engagement are working in the routine regime, including the Maryinka crossing point that was closed on March 5
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MOSCOW, March 6. /TASS/. Ukraine has resumed motor traffic via the Maryinka check point in Donbass, a spokesman for the ministry of state security of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Sunday.

"Traffic via the Maryinka check point has been resumed," the spokesman told the Donetsk News Agency.

Earlier on Sunday, Ukraine’s state border service said that all cross points along the line of engagement are working in the routine regime, including the Maryinka crossing point that was closed on March 5.

Earlier, Kiev announced that the Maryinka checkpoint was closed due to "ceasefire violations." The border guard service said that on Saturday morning the checkpoint came under shelling from grenade launchers and a sniper rifle delivered from the village of Alexandrovka controlled by the DPR militias.

"Nothing can reach it either from small arms or from grenade launchers," the spokesman for the DPR defense ministry, Eduard Basurin, was quoted by the Donetsk news agency as saying.

"It is unreal. Perhaps, if we have changed the laws of physics and a bullet flies a three times’ distance while a mortar - a two times’ distance, then everything is possible," he said. "However, it is unreal physically."

The Maryinka check point was closed by Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council on February 13 providing security considerations as a reason. Traffic via this check point was partially resumed on February 14 to be further suspended by Kiev in a period from February 17 to February 22.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics characterized such UKraine’s actions as "open terror against civilians.".

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