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29 November 2018, 16:20

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Ukrainian Security Service detains draftable persons to prevent population outflow - People’s Militia

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LUGANSK, November 29 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) agents have begun to detain men of conscription age to prevent the outflow of the population, Lugansk People's Republic People’s Militia press service director Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Despite the promises given by Ukrainian President (Petr Poroshenko) and Joint Forces Operation commander (Sergey) Nayev that the introduction of martial law would not impact civilians, residents of certain areas in Ukraine have already felt Kiev’s pressure,” Osadchiy said.

SBU agents at the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point have been detaining and checking all men under 50 years of age since November 28, he added.

“According to our information, (Ukrainian) secret services were ordered to detain all draftable men trying to cross the contact line, in order to prevent the outflow of potential conscripts,” Osadchiy said.

Earlier, LPR envoy to the Minsk talks, acting Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego called upon LPR residents to refrain from trips to Ukraine during the operation of martial law.

Ukraine introduced martial law following a Kerch Strait incident. Two Ukrainian armoured boats and a tow ship left Odessa in the morning of November 25 and tried to enter the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait while ignoring Russia’s warnings. Russian coastguards had to block the Strait for navigation and then opened fire to stop the Ukrainian vessels. Three Ukrainian navy men were wounded in the incident. The Ukrainian ships were detained and medical aid was provided to the wounded.

Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko convened the National Security and Defence Council overnight from November 25 to November 26 to urge the introduction of martial law for a period of 60 days. At an extraordinary session in the evening of November 26, Ukraine’s Verkhovnaya Rada (parliament) approved the imposition of martial law in ten Ukrainian regions, including the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, for a period of 30 days.

LuganskMediaCentre — 29 November — Lugansk