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Occupants push administrative border further into the village of Dvani

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Russian occupation forces resumed works at the administrative border between Georgia and its breakaway region of South Ossetia, Rustavi 2 TV station reported on 22 June. According to the TV station, Russian troops carried on installing border posts and wire fences using special equipment at the village of Dvani. Locals told journalists that as a result of the activities, Russian border police have moved administrative border one hectare into the village.

Georgian Interior Ministry reported on 27 May that Russian militaries pushed the administrative border between Georgia and its breakaway region of South Ossetia into the villages of Ditsi and Dvani. Georgian Foreign Ministry expressed its "deep concern" over the reports. According to the statement posted on the official website of the Ministry on 28 May, installing wire fence on the territories of Ditsi and Dvani is a "grave violation of the main principles of the international law, and first of all of the integrity of Georgia's internationally recognized borders."

EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia issued a statement on 27 May following the reports on the installment of wire fence at the South Osetian administrative borderline. "As freedom of movement is one of EUMM's key priorities, a patrol has immediately been sent to the spot in order to verify and monitor developments on the ground," EUMM said in the statement.

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