Ukraine: Checkpoints - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 24 January 2018) [EN/RU/UK]
Despite difficult winter conditions, people continued to cross the 457-km long ‘contact line’ through the five EECPs to access social services, pensions, basic goods and services, with nearly 1.1 million individual crossings recorded in December 2017. In 2017, a total of 11.7 million individual crossings was recorded, representing 38 per cent increase compared with 2016. Basic services facilities at the EECPs on both sides of the ‘contact line’ remained inadequate, with insufficient heating points and access to life-saving first aid. There is also increasing concern with the high level of mine and ERW contamination along the ‘contact line’. On a positive note, the only pedestrian EECP in Luhanska province, Stanytsia Luhanska, has extended its operating hours by one hour (07.00 to 17.00 hrs) starting from 10 January to reduce waiting time and minimize people’s risk of having to stay overnight.
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