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Ukraine's special services target tangerines

Ukraine's special services stop truck carrying tangerines to separatist-held area

Ukraine's special services target tangerines

MOSCOW (AP) -- Ukrainian special services patrolling the front line in eastern Ukraine have targeted an unusual type of contraband: tangerines.

Kiev has accused Moscow of sending weapons and manpower to the rebels and claimed to have detained Russian officers on Ukrainian territory.

The Ukrainian security service SBU regularly reports seizing weapons near the front line with the separatists, but this time they detained a truck full of tangerines. The SBU said in a statement on Thursday that the shipment destined for the rebel-controlled part of the Luhansk region was worth $7,000 and the "origins and the organizers of the delivery" were unknown.

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has abated in recent months. Both sides set up de-facto border controls along the front line with Ukraine banning nearly all trade with the rebels.

Updated : 2021-06-14 10:56 GMT+08:00