Russian-appointed Donetsk chief imposes five-hour curfew

(Reuters) – The Russian-appointed head of Ukraine’s annexed Donetsk region has imposed a curfew, according to a decree published on Sunday.

According to the decree, Denis Pushilin banned the presence of civilians on streets and public places from Monday to Friday from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The decree banned gatherings, rallies and demonstrations, as well as other mass events in Russian-controlled parts of the Donetsk region unless they were approved by the Military Threat Countermeasures Headquarters in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

The decree signed by Pushilin on September 18 introduced “military censorship of mail and messages transmitted via telecommunications systems, as well as the control of telephone conversations.”

Other steps that Pushilin’s order entailed included the establishment of checkpoints and security posts on the borders with the Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia regions.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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