The so-called head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic ("DPR"), Alexander Zakharchenko, has reportedly ordered to seize all crops, namely vegetables, fruit, grapes, etc., grown by households on "unauthorized" plots of land, according to the "republic's" website.
"Yields of agricultural plants and fruit from bushes, vineyards and trees, grown on unauthorized plots of land in state and municipal ownership are the property of the 'DPR,'" reads an "order" dated November 3, 2017.
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"In the event of unauthorized disposal of the crops specified in paragraph 1 of the 'decree,' legal entities, individual entrepreneurs, and individuals are obliged to reimburse costs of the crops," reads the document.
The document is applicable retroactively, as of June 1, 2017.