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Ukraine: Armed Groups’ Arbitrary Pandemic Restrictions

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Click to expand Image People listen to an armed man with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic as they wait before crossing the line of contact at a checkpoint, which was temporary closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then reopened, near the settlement of Olenivka in Donetsk region, Ukraine July 7, 2020. © 2020 REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko (Kyiv) – Excessive, confusing, and arbitrary restrictions on movement, imposed in parts of eastern Ukraine by Russia-backed armed groups in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, fail to properly accommodate humanitarian imperatives and put an…

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