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Ukraine Bans Russian Freight Transit In Tit-For-Tat Move

Ukraine's Blockade Leaves Borders Clogged With Russian Trucksi
February 16, 2016
Activists in the southern Ukrainian region of Bukovyna have been blocking Russian trucks from crossing the border for days. The Ukrainian government made a Russian truck ban nationwide on February 15, saying it was in response to Moscow's ban on Ukrainian trucks a day earlier. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
WATCH: Ukraine's Blockade Leaves Borders Clogged With Russian Trucks

Ukraine has banned Russian cargo trucks from entering the country one day after Moscow imposed a similar ban on Ukrainian trucks.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced in Kyiv on February 15 that "Ukraine has temporarily suspended…transit permits for cargo vehicles with Russian registration."

Moscow imposed the ban on February 14 in response to an incident on February 11 when Ukrainian nationalists blocked Russian trucks from entering the country via Belarus.

Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the International Affairs Committee of Russia's Federation Council, wrote on Facebook that Ukraine was "provoking" Russia in order to "paint Russia's response as aggression and a violation of rights."

Based on reporting by Reuters and TASS

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