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An activist stops a lorry near the village of Chongar, in the Kherson region adjacent to Crimea.

An activist stops a lorry near the village of Chongar, in the Kherson region adjacent to Crimea.

Summary

Final Summary For September 21

-- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to withdraw heavy weapons from eastern Ukraine.

-- No trucks have passed through the administrative border from mainland Ukraine to Crimea overnight, according to Oleh Slobodyan, the spokesperson for Ukraine’s State Border Service.

-- Hundreds of pro-Kyiv activists from Crimea's Tatar community and other opposition activists are taking part in the blockade of roads from Ukraine to the Crimean peninsula to protest Russia's annexation of the region last year.

-- The German government has criticized Russia for not distancing itself from plans by Russian-backed separatists to hold local elections in eastern Ukraine without consulting Kyiv.

*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv

08:41 22.9.2015

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22:55 21.9.2015

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Here's an update from our news desk:

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to withdraw heavy weapons from eastern Ukraine.

Stoltenberg was speaking to reporters near the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on September 21.

He said the drop in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels since the start of September was encouraging, but described the situation as "very fragile."

"The heavy weapons are still there,” he said. “They continue to support the separatists."

Kyiv and the West say Russia has sent troops and weapons to fuel the separatist conflict that has killed more than 7,900 people in Ukraine's east since April 2014. Russia denies the charges.

Stoltenberg started a two-day visit on September 21, his first trip to Ukraine as NATO chief, in a show of support for Kyiv's pro-Western government.

(AFP, Reuters)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (right) speaks with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (left) during a welcoming ceremony in Lviv on September 21.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (right) speaks with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (left) during a welcoming ceremony in Lviv on September 21.

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