17:31 13.03.2017

Donbas Blockade HQs claims Kryvy Torets checkpoint taken by SBU and SWAT

The checkpoint of the so-called "Blockade Against Trade with Occupiers" at the Kryvy Torets railway station in the village of Scherbynivka in the jurisdiction of Torets Town Hall in Donetsk region has been taken over by Ukrainian SBU Security Service officers and members of the Ukrainian police's KORD Special Weapons and Tactics force, according to the blockade headquarters.

"Information about the storming of the checkpoint has been confirmed. The facility in Kryvy Torets has been taken over by the SBU and KORD troops. The headquarters is trying to defend other checkpoints and seeking the release of blockade activists who are illegally in custody," blockade organizers said on Monday.

Blockade activists earlier said unidentified people began storming the checkpoint of the 16th Volunteer Battalion at Kryvy Torets station. The blockade HQs later said SBU troops riding armored transport carriers had arrived and were checking documents and taking pictures. The blockade HQs also said that activists at its "Zaporoshia" checkpoint in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, reported Ukrainian special forces had arrived there.

The SBU said it was conducting counter-insurgency operations in the Anti-Terrorist Operations (ATO) zone, SBU spokeswoman Olena Hitlianska said.

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