Ukraine has closed 23 crossings on the border with Russia, including one international border crossing, four interstate border crossings, and 18 local border crossings, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports, citing the press service of the State Border Service.

The relevant Cabinet of Ministers directive was adopted on February 18 with the aim of "optimizing the network of border crossings and the need to focus efforts and resources on the most important sections of the border with Russia," the State Border Service said.

In addition, according to the press service, the Cabinet of Ministers earlier adopted a decision suspending traffic through 14 border crossings (six in the Donetsk region and eight in the Luhansk region) because of a direct threat to the lives and health of people involved in international traffic. In particular, these decisions apply to the border crossings (control points) Marinovka, Novoazovsk, Uspenka, Ilovaysk, Kvashino, Donetsk, Dolzhansky, Krasnaya Mogila, Izvarino, Krasnaya Talovka, Yuganovka, Gerasimovka, Petrovka, and Lugansk.

"Thus, 39 border crossings (control points) are currently operating on the border with Russia, including three in the Chernigov region, 14 in the Sumy region, 15 in the Kharkov region, six in the Lugansk region, and one in the Kiev region," the State Border Service said.