At two controlled checkpoints of entry/exit in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the installation of experimental mobile service centers will begin in the fall. Oleksii Reznikov, a Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, announced such plans during his stay at Marinka controlled checkpoint of entry/exit.
It is planned that in a few years, multifunctional service centers – hubs, as the Minister called them – will appear at all checkpoints: “There will be bank branches, mother and child rooms, a cafeteria. CDAS (Center for the Delivery of Administrative Services) will be placed here, where it will be possible to register marriage, divorce and receive other services”.
Other services include the ability to withdraw money from an ATM, seek legal assistance, and join the government’s program «Affordable Care».
REFERENCE: Prior to quarantine, people moved through five checkpoints: four – in Donetsk region (Hnytove, Maiorske, Marinka and Novotroitske), one – in Luhansk region (Stanytsia Luhanska). It is planned to open two more checkpoints in Luhansk region soon – in Zolote and Shchastya. All of them are facing reorganization. The newly established state enterprise “Reintegration and Restoration” will monitor compliance with uniform standards of quality and comfort for citizens. It will take on the balance all controlled checkpoints of entry/exit. Maintenance by different structures, as it has been so far, was considered ineffective, because they had different budgeting and, accordingly, different opportunities in the arrangement.
So someday, residents of the occupied territories will be able to receive pensions and marry just at the checkpoint. But now at the controlled checkpoints of entry/exit of Donetsk region is empty. If earlier they let 5-7 thousand people every day, now they open irregularly for one day in the mode of “humanitarian corridors”, because “mirror” checkpoints let people in and out only on the so-called “DPR lists”.
Residents of Luhansk region are more fortunate – Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint is open, about a thousand people cross it on foot across the bridge every day.
After crossing the demarcation line on both sides, it is required to stay at home for two weeks. Since August 1, new concessions should have been worked for those who crossed the controlled checkpoints of entry/exit in the direction of the territory controlled by Ukraine. However, these rules have not been approved by the Joint Forces Operation Headquarters, so at least until August 31, after crossing, people still need to install the “Act at Home” app on their smartphones and isolate themselves. People who have push-button phones go to hospitals for observation.
The population of occupied Donetsk region is forced to either “illegally” travel across the border with Russia, or stay at home waiting for the blockade imposed on them by the occupation administration. No one wants to be lost between the two worlds, as it has happened to people who have been living in the tents of the Ukrainian rescue service at the controlled checkpoint of entry/exit near Novotroitske since July 13. There are more than ten of them, and they cannot cross the demarcation line and get home, to uncontrolled territory – because they are not on the “lists”. Despite the assurances of the regional authorities that these people are taken care of at the expense of the budget, food and water are delivered to them only by humanitarian organizations.
Dmytro LESCHUK/Gromada Skhid 14 (23) 2020