Despite severe weather conditions, almost 1 million civilian crossings were recorded in February 2019, which is a 2 per cent decrease compared to the previous month. Crossing the 427-km ‘contact line’ continues to be a major challenge for civilians. In February, at least eight people died or were injured while crossing the Entry/Exit Checkpoints (EECPs), mostly due to health-related complications, but also due to the constant insecurity and presence of landmines in the vicinity of the EECPs. On 14 February, some 50 people from NGCA – mostly elderly - were stranded at the zero-checkpoint of the EECP ‘Maiorske’ (Donetska oblast) in harsh weather conditions for nearly four hours. The provision of humanitarian assistance and their movement to safer areas was successful through the civil-military coordination mechanism. Starting from 1 March, the operating hours of the EECPs were shifted to the ‘spring’ time schedule – from 07:00 am to 18:30 pm
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