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Ukraine: Checkpoints - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 15 September 2017) [EN/UA/RU]

Overview 

As of 1 September, the working hours of all Entry/Exit Checkpoints (EECPs) were reduced by 2.5 hours, as ‘autumn’ operational mode was introduced by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. Meanwhile, number of people crossing the five EECPs steadily increases, as some 1.2 million individual crossings were recorded in August, slightly higher than in July. While the need to cross the ‘contact line’ persists, with the reduced operational hours, it is expected that protection concerns may increase, including due to long waiting hours amidst persistent insecurity, such as shelling and presence of mines. A single mine-related incident that took place on 22 August injured two civilians near the EECP Novotroitske.

With an aim to better understand the conditions of people crossing the ‘contact line’ and an existing infrastructure at EECPs, local authorities and humanitarian partners recently undertook an observation mission to the four EECPs located in the Government controlled areas (GCA) of Donetsk province. Initial results of the mission indicate that people continue facing challenges as lack of adequate waiting facilities and properly maintained sanitary infrastructure, or limited legal and first aid services are some of the key concerns. The situation in the only pedestrian EECP of Stanytsia Luhanska in Luhansk province is rather challenging, as local partners describe that there are multiple concerns, which are alike to other EECPs and is coupled with an ongoing insecurity.

Freedom of movement continues to be restricted. Since 7 September, long queues of individuals and vehicles are also being reported near the ECCPs on the non-Government controlled (NGCA) side. Unconfirmed reports indicate that prolonged ‘registration’ of documents recently imposed by the de facto authorities may have increased the waiting hours. At the same time, reportedly, due to lack of documentation, at least two cases were reported, when individuals spent more than 24 hours between the two crossing points. In addition, all railway EECPs from GCA to NGCA remain non-operational. Amidst aggravated socio-economic situation of the conflict-affected areas, absence of railway communication may lead to further economic disconnect between GCA and NGCA.

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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Original Publication Date: 
15 Sep 2017
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Humanitarian Snapshot
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Ukraine