(FOX NEWS) – Russian forces have isolated occupied settlements in northeast Ukraine in the Kharkiv region Ukraine's Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense said Thursday, adding that they have been firing upon volunteer aid workers.
"There is an absolute ban on the delivery of humanitarian trucks from controlled Ukraine territory," the ministry warned in a Facebook post. "Locals have been warned that volunteers trying to deliver help are being shot."
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The ministry said the isolated settlements were in the Velykyi Burluk district – an area just 20 miles from the Russian border. Russia has been utilizing the Kharkiv region as it re-enforces its offensive in eastern Ukraine.