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Ukraine: Checkpoints - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 11 May 2018) [EN/UA/RU]


Crossing the ‘contact line’ remains an arduous journey, with over a million crossings recorded in April, an increase of 120,000 from previous month. The women, men and children crossing the ‘contact line’ are regularly exposed to mine contamination, shelling and small arms fire. In April, at least four civilians were shot and wounded near the checkpoints, when they were standing at the ‘zero-checkpoint’ at EECPs Novotroitske and Marinka, waiting for a shuttle bus to arrive. Conditions at the checkpoints, especially in ‘no-mans-land’, are the most difficult, as people lack adequate access to health services, sanitation and shelter facilities. Four elderly people suffered serious health complications whilst waiting in line for several hours. A welcoming change occurred over the Orthodox Easter holiday, when from 7 to 10 of April, residents in some settlements along the ‘contact line’ were allowed on exceptional basis, to travel through non-official checkpoints. The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) continues its advocacy to improve the situation at the EECPs, ensure that the facilities installed offer safe and dignified conditions, establish no-fire zones and simplify the crossing procedures across the ‘contact line’.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
11 May 2018
Map/Infographic Type: 
Humanitarian Snapshot