"According to the Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate, to prevent a further decline in public confidence in the temporarily occupied areas of Donbas, the Russian-occupation administration has limited the possibility of travel to the territory controlled by Ukraine for people who work in the so-called local government and public employees," he said at a briefing on Friday, January 19.

Read alsoPeople in "DPR"-held area outraged by Zakharchenko's ban on travel to Ukraine – journalistHutsuliak said workers of medical and educational institutions had been forced to sign documents banning travel to Ukraine without a special leave.

"Those who refused to sign the documents are being included in acts that will be sent to illegitimate [Russian-controlled] law-enforcement agencies. Such measures by the occupation authorities outrage public workers and some of them are forced to resign," Hutsuliak added.