: Russian occupation authorities block land access to Crimea

11:24 Aug. 7, 2016

Russian occupation authorities block land access to Crimea

Ukrainian border guards secure the area blocking a road heading towards Crimea, in the village of Chaplynka, Ukraine, Sept. 20, 2015 (AP photo)

Cargo and passenger traffic is suspended at the administrative border between mainland Ukraine and the annexed peninsula

UPDATE: After opening "Chongar" border crossing, at about 2:30 p.m. Russia opened "Kalanchak" and "Chaplynka", but only for those traveling to Crimea. The movement from the peninsula is possible only trough "Chongar."

UPDATE: Russia has lifted movement restriction at "Chongar" border crossing point between mainland Ukraine and occupied Crimea, Ukraine's Border Guard Service said in a statement. The checkpoints of "Kalanchak" and "Chaplynka" remain blocked.

Russian occupation authorities have suspended movement of cars and people at the administrative border of the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula.

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"Today at approximately 7 a.m. Russian occupation authorities due to unknown reasons suspended the access of vehicles and citizens to Crimea," the press office of Ukraine's border guard service said in a statement.

In view of this, the traffic at the crossing points of "Kalanchak," "Chaplynka" and "Chongar" between mainland Ukraine and the annexed peninsula is blocked, the border guard service explained.

Last month Russia's President Vladimir Putin has signed the decree to liquidate Crimea federal district, and to attach the territory, he seized from Ukraine in 2014, to Russia's vast southern federal district.

Read also Why did they attach Crimea to Kalmykia? 

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