R2P semiannual EECP Survey Report (January – June 2019)

Today we present R2P semiannual (January – June 2019) EECP Survey Report. More statistical data are available on the Eastern Ukraine Checkpoint Monitoring Online Dashboard.

HIGHLIGHTS of the Report:

  • 34 fatalities reportedly took place at EECPs in the first half of 2019, including 12 deaths on NGCA side (information from social media and OSCE reports) for which the data cannot be confirmed. The preliminary causes of death in most cases in GCA were related to heart health problems.
  • About 20 people per day were fainting at Stanytsia Luhanska EECP due to the heat in June.
  • By the end of June, reconstruction started by GCA local authorities in 2018 is still in progress at Hnutove, Novotroitske and Maiorske EECPs.
  • Reconstruction of the bridge at Stanytsia Luhanska EECP planned for March 25 by Luhansk Oblast Military Civil Administration did not happen as security guarantees were not provided by NGCA de-facto authorities. On June 28 commission examined the damaged bridge at Stanytsia Luhanska EECP to consider the possibility of renovation. SES started the demining process near the EECP.
  • In April monitors reported about the lack of potable water at Stanytsia Luhanska on GCA side of the EECP. By the end of June, the issue remained acute due to increasing outside temperature.
  • In comparison with the first half of 2018, the share of respondents who raised concerns related to the crossing process increased at Stanytsia Luhanska, Novotroitske and Marinka EECPs.
  • The majority of returnees indicated the improved situation at their previous place of residence among their reasons for return.
  • 680 individuals (5% of all respondents) mentioned cases of not being able to cross the contact line in the six months prior to their interview. The vast majority (509) of these cases were caused by the lack of permits in the SBGS database.
  • Since March 28, the Government lifted the limitation (time) for permits, however old permits must be reapplied to become termless.

The survey is a part of the monitoring of violations of rights of the conflict-affected population within the framework of the project «Advocacy, Protection and Legal Assistance to the Internally Displaced Population of Ukraine» implemented by R2P with the financial support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The objective of the survey is to explore the motivations and concerns of those travelling between the non-government-controlled areas and the government-controlled areas, as well as the conditions and risks associated with crossing the contact line through EECPs.

EECP Survey Report is available in Ukrainian and English.