Today, the battalion's main objective is to control the movement of people and goods to and from zones under the Russian proxies’ control, Ukraine Today reports.

The Donbas battalion first formed last year as a volunteer militia group to fight Russian-backed militants in Ukraine's east but has now been incorporated into the framework of Ukraine’s National Guard.

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