Ukraine moves to cut off separatist zone

A Ukrainian soldier looks at the ID of a man at a checkpoint in the eastern village of Bugas, on October 24, 2014Ukraine announced passport controls around pro-Russian rebel areas Thursday, effectively acknowledging the breaking away of the separatist zone, as intense shelling in Donetsk stirred fears of renewed full-scale fighting. Ukraine’s border guards service said anyone crossing in or out of rebel areas will now have to present a passport. Already, Ukraine has lost control of its real border with Russia, which is in the hands of separatist guerrillas and Russian troops.

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