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Donetsk Driver Loses License After Creating 'Patriotic' Number Plate

Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

A Ukrainian man living in Moscow has lost his driver's license after modifying his car to pledge allegiance to the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

The former DNR resident used a sticker to replace the Ukrainian flag on his car’s number plate with a flag belonging to the Russian-backed breakaway republic, the Gazeta.ru news site reported.

A Moscow court suspended his license for 6 months, ruling that the new number plate provided “false information” as to where the car was registered.

The DPR first broke away from Ukraine in 2014, after a period of intense fighting in the region. The republic currently receives military and humanitarian backing from Moscow, but is not recognized as an independent country on the world stage.

Fear, torture and fighting: Read more about life in separatist-controlled Donetsk.

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