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Russia-backed separatists impose curfew and censorship in Ukraine region

Residents of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, have, from this Sunday (24), to live with a curfew and censorship of communications, according to Russian state media.

The curfew will last from 11pm to 4am local time during the week, starting from Monday (25). The measure was regulated by a decree signed by the region’s Russian-backed leader Denis Pushilin, state news agency TASS reported.

Some public officials and employees will be exempt from the order, including those who oversee the supply of food and other essential items. Police, security guards and people with special passes will also be allowed to circulate during curfew hours.

Pushilin signed the decree on September 18, but it came into force this Sunday when it was published, according to TASS.


An additional decree imposes military censorship on mail, Internet communications and telephone conversations, according to the agency.

As determined by the text, the Russian Federal Security Service and the so-called “Ministry of Information” in Donetsk will develop and apply censorship measures.

Local authorities characterized the move as an effort to combat enemy saboteurs and reconnaissance officers, according to state news agency RIA Novosti.

Main context

The war broke out in 2014 after Russian-backed rebels seized government buildings in towns and cities across eastern Ukraine. Intense fighting has left parts of the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in the hands of Russian-backed separatists.

The areas controlled by the separatists became known as the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. The Ukrainian government in Kiev claims that the two regions are, in fact, temporarily occupied by Russia. They have not been recognized by any government other than Russia and its close allies Syria and North Korea.

The Ukrainian government has steadfastly refused to speak directly to the leaders of any of the self-proclaimed governments and is aiming to regain control of territories in its fight against Russia’s full-scale invasion.

See also: Ukraine destroys Russian naval base in Crimea with missile

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Source: CNN Brasil

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