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Ukraine's Post-Coup Government Will Launch Services Blockade on Rebel-Held Cities: Will Close Hospitals, Banks, Schools — Further Forcing Eastern Region Toward Russia

Ukraine's post-coup president, Petro Poroshenko. (Photo by Global Panorama)
Ukraine's post-coup president, Petro Poroshenko. (Photo by Global Panorama)

By Reuters/AFP
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has issued several decrees to withdraw state services, including funding for hospitals and schools, in pro-Russian eastern regions, in a move to cut links with rebel-held territory.


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He has also urged Ukraine's central bank to close down all bank services in the area.

Ukraine cut all state funding to separatist parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, after separatists held elections in October.

Mr Poroshenko condemned those elections as illegal and in violation of the September ceasefire agreement.

The rebels said Ukraine violated the deal by moving to revoke a law granting the regions autonomy, putting an already fragile ceasefire in doubt.
A decree posted on the president's website said all state companies, institutions and organizations should end their work within a week and "evacuate workers, with their permission, [and] where possible remove property and documents".

The ruling, which formally asked parliament to revoke the "special status" of the regions, also suggested Ukraine's central bank take measures to close down all banking services in certain parts of separatist-held areas, including card operations.

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