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Ukraine: Checkpoints - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 21 November 2016) [EN/RU/UK]

OVERVIEW

While temperatures dropped significantly, waiting periods at the five checkpoints on the ‘contact line’ have further increased in November, due to a reduction of the opening hours (8am-5pm instead of 7am-6.30pm). Some 436,000 people crossings were recorded between 1 and 20 November, compared to 483,000 crossings during the same period in October. The situation was further aggravated when the checkpoint in Pyshchevyk was forced to suspend operations on 11-13 November after shelling damaged power lines on NGCA side. At the busiest checkpoints in Marinka and Maiorsk, crossing takes up to 24 hours. Winterization efforts in form of hot drinks, blankets and heating fuel for the heating points are urgently needed. Moreover, there is a vital need for the first-aid points at Pyshchevyk and Novotroitske. The State Border Guards Service plans to deploy additional 40 staff members to strengthen the processing capacity at all checkpoints during the winter.

The relocation of the checkpoint Zaitseve to Maiorsk, closer to the ‘contact line’, on 21 October raised additional humanitarian and security concerns. The new checkpoint with a daily capacity of up to 8,000 individual crossings (formerly 7,000) is located only 500m from ‘no man’s land’. On 27 October, operations were suspended due to shelling. Checkpoint facilities in Maiorsk include sheds, a medical van, a heating point and 12 toilets, which are hardly sufficient to meet the needs. The long-awaited opening of an additional checkpoint in Zolote (Luhanska oblast) announced for 23 November appears unlikely due to security risks.

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
21 Nov 2016
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Humanitarian Snapshot