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UN urges Ukraine to systematize issuance of permits for civilians crossing checkpoints in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

The organization is concerned that civilians with valid emergency reasons have not been granted permission to cross the ‘contact line’
08:44, 2 June 2020

Entry-exit crossing points in Eastern Ukraine
Radio Svoboda

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.’

Related: It is too early to talk about opening of checkpoints in Donbas, - Zelensky

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.

Related: Checkpoints at contact line in Donbas to be closed until June 22

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