At a Friday morning session at the Verkhovna Rada, parliamentary speaker Oleksandr Turchynov relayed that "The Defense Ministry informs that our Armed Forces have reached the village of Izvaryne (Luhansk region) and thus actually completed the operation to shut down the border."
The Ukrainian State Border Guard confirmed the shutdown, and that "All checkpoints are working normally, with the exception of those closed by the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers." However, the National Security and Defense Council countered, insisting, "The border is not completely controlled by our enforces."
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