Osnat Lubrani, UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine, called for urgent action to introduce a transparent and effective vetting mechanism to facilitate and expedite crossing permissions on emergency grounds in Eastern Ukraine while COVID-19-related restrictions remain in place. This was reported by the press service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Ukraine.
According to the statement, the UN is concerned that civilians with valid emergency reasons have not been granted permission to cross the ‘contact line.’
“The United Nations and humanitarian actors acknowledge efforts to implement some exemptions to allow individuals to cross the ‘contact line’ to reunite with their families in need of care, to seek urgent medical treatment, to attend funerals of their loved ones, among other exceptional reasons. However, the application of such exceptions has been uneven and unpredictable,” the message reads.
As we reported earlier, on June 1, entry-exit checkpoints in the area of Joint Forces Operation switch to the summertime working mode: pedestrians and vehicles will be allowed to pass from 6 a.m. till 8 p.m.