Events are moving fast lately. This is particularly true at the EECPs. It’s notable that new constraints have been added for crossing the line of contact:
As of midnight on March 16th, and continuing through April 3rd (with possible extension at a later time), crossing from the temporarily occupied territories by persons without registration demonstrating permanent residence in Government Controlled Areas (GCA) has been halted. Our monitors are working, as always, to help people sort out the complications that arise as a result of this order at the EECPs.
EECP Stanytsia Luhanska
16.03.2020. A woman with stage 4 cancer, who was discharged from the hospital in Luhansk to spend her remaining days at home, had an issue with crossing. She was trying to cross from NGCA to GCA, where she is a registered resident, but she did not have one of the documents (permit to cross the contact line.) No one knew how to proceed. However, luckily, a relevant service provider (Coordination Group – CG) who could issue a clearance was present, and so they let her pass. But in the future, CG will be only available by email in case of unusual circumstances.
16.03.2020. A woman was heading to NGCA with her great-grandchild without having power of attorney from the child’s parents. The child had been staying with her for a week, and the mother had already gone back to NGCA. When they later tried to bring the girl home, the woman was not allowed to cross because she didn’t have the proper paperwork. The mother also could not cross to get her daughter because of the quarantine. The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine made a concession and allowed the child to cross through alone and meet her parents on the NGCA side of the checkpoint.