Ukrainian National Guard forces on Tuesday morning began to actively fight on the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Luhansk region, just a few hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lifted the ceasefire.
The border control zones of Donetsk-Izvarino and Krasnoparizansk-Gukovo have been closed, the head of Russia’s Federal Customs Service, Andrei Belyaninov told RIA Novosti.
“Fighting began at around 9:00 a.m. The border patrol stations are currently closed. Russian border guards and employees of the Federal Customs Service have retreated to a safe distance,” Belyaninov said.
He said that before closing the posts, Russian authorities were able to get all of the Ukrainian refugees, who were located at the posts at the time, over the border into Russia.
“After closing these humanitarian corridors, which about 90% of all Ukrainian refugees cross into Russia, there is no more possibility [for others], women and children have nowhere to run,” he said.