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

Highlights

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

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President Petro Poroshenko wants to raise the conscription age from 18 to 20, reports the RFE/RL Ukrainian Service. He guaranteed that recruits would not immediately be sent to Donbas.

“It has to be a formed person, who within one year maximum -- maybe less -- will learn military affairs in order to defend the homeland with weapons in hand if necessary. This person will be educated, trained, fired at,” said Poroshenko.

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Here's a video from RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service on the blockade at the de facto border with Crimea:

Hundreds of Crimean Tatars have blocked roads and prevented supplies from reaching Crimea via Ukraine. They want Ukrainian companies to stop trading with Crimea as a way to protest the peninsula's annexation by Russia last year.

Crimean Tatars Block Roads To Crimea
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Here is a map of the latest situation in the Donbas combat zone, issued by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry (click image to enlarge):

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