BORDER GUARDS WILL BE ABLE TO ALLOW UKRAINIANS FOR ENTRY AND EXIT FROM CRIMEA DURING QUARANTINE, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE HUMANITARIAN NEEDS OF SUCH MOVEMENTS
At today's session, the Cabinet of Ministers amended the Decree No. 291-p dated from March 14, 2020, allowing the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine to allow Ukrainian for entry into and exit from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea during quarantine and temporary restriction of the work of EECP in the presence of humanitarian needs.
“A few words about crossing the administrative line with Crimea during quarantine. Since the imposition of restrictions on EECP crossing in Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kherson Oblasts, the Ministry for Reintegration has been closely monitoring the situation, being in continuous contact with local administrations, border guards, as well as non-governmental organizations that deal with the subject of temporarily occupied territories. Today, we already see tendencies: in all the EECPs, we see a significant decrease in the flow of persons and transport. In comparison with the "pre-quarantine" time in Luhansk Oblast, the number of crossings has decreased by 11 times, in Donetsk Oblast has decreased by 8-9 times, in Kherson Oblast has decreased by about three times. But there are peculiarities. In particular, the number of refusals in the crossing at EECP in Kherson Oblast is relatively high. Various factors are triggered, there are many unusual life situations, people really need help: someone transports an old grandmother who has no documents, someone lives in Crimea but works in Kherson Oblast, or vice versa. And we do our best to find the solution as quickly as possible. In particular, just now at the Government session at my suggestion, the mechanism of crossing the EECP at the administrative line with Crimea was simplified,” said Deputy Prime Minister Oleksii Reznikov.
The document states that entry into and exit from the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol in the presence of humanitarian grounds is carried out by decision of the Head of the State Border Service of Ukraine with immediate informing of the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories.
“Border guards are physically present at the EECP and may act promptly. This will speed up the process. We continue to work on improving the algorithms to resolve all possible issues. I want to thank all my colleagues in the local administrations, our border guards, non-governmental organizations and human rights activists who help us work more efficiently,” added Reznikov.