The 'DPR' is backed by Russia / REUTERS

"They are now after owners of [cars with] Ukrainian-issued number plates," Ukrainian blogger Denys Kazansky said on Twitter on January 9, referring to eyewitnesses' reports.

He also shared respective footage.

"There are numerous reports that they stop cars with Ukrainian registration plates, issue fines and tow them by a tow truck," he said.

According to him, they seize cars if their number plates are not issued by the "DPR."