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Ukraine Right Sector activists build checkpoint on Transdniestria-Odessa road

Gunmen from the Ukrainian Right Sector nationalist movement have put up a checkpoint on the road connecting Transdniestria with Odessa, checking vehicles, the vice speaker of Moldova's breakaway republic, Sergei Cheban, said in an interview published by local media on Friday.

"As eyewitnesses say, Ukrainian police stay away from Right Sector's self-defense units, and don't approach the checked vehicles. At other border checkpoints in the north of the republic, the situation is different - Ukrainian military are making barricades of sandbags, in two lines," Cheban said.

The foreign minister of Transdniestria, Nina Shtanski, has recently voiced concern about Ukrainian military concentrating on the border with the self-proclaimed republic. She said Ukrainian border guards had stopped letting in men with Russian passports. The flow of passengers in that direction had slackened by one third amid tensions, the minister said. She said there had never been threats from Transdniestria against Ukraine and expressed hope that Tiraspol and Kiev would shortly restore their traditionally friendly relations.

[Source: Itar Tass, Tiraspol, 25Apr14]

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