The leadership of the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine discussed an action plan during a regular meeting for the future restoration of the crossing of the contact line in the East of Ukraine and the administrative line with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea after the opening of the EECP.
“We promptly have to find a solution to the issues important for the citizens of Ukraine to ensure a gradual restoration of the full operation of the EECP. As of today, the rules of crossing, which were introduced during the quarantine, remain valid. Restrictions will be lifted only after we receive complete and objective information on the epidemiological situation in these areas and we will be sure that the threat to the health of citizens on both sides of the contact line under the conditions of the global pandemic Covid-19 has decreased to a minimum level,” emphasized First Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories Rostyslav Zamlynskyi.
Relaxations on the possibility of crossing the contact line will be introduced gradually and will be of an adaptive character, added First Deputy Minister.
The participants of the meeting reported on the situation and provided their perspectives on the forthcoming restoration of the work of EECP. Therefore, they discussed the organization of monitoring of travelers' health, providing them with personal protective equipment, isolation (hospitalization) in case of need, development of a mechanism for verification of persons crossing through the EECP from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, provision of pensions and social benefits for IDPs and persons residing on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and other issues.
The issue of unhindered crossing of the EECP by applicants during the admission campaign was considered separately. Applicants from the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts of Ukraine, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol temporarily occupied by Russia will be able to enter the Ukrainian higher education institutions under a simplified procedure without passing the external independent testing (EIT). Let us recall, that in 2020, applicants from the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts of Ukraine, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol temporarily occupied by Russia will be able to enter up to 101 higher education institutions on the basis of which the educational centers "Crimea-Ukraine" and "Donbas-Ukraine" are operating.
Therefore, at the last extraordinary session, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has adopted a decision, that allows children who want to enter the Ukrainian higher education institutions not to undergo the medical observation. Similar flexibilities apply to one person accompanying each of the applicants. All of them will be able to cross the contact line with relevant documents on hand.
First Deputy Minister also noted that special attention is devoted to the issues of payment of pensions and social benefits for pensioners living in temporarily occupied territories. All pensioners, who have the IDP status after the abolition of quarantine restrictions and the opening of EECP will receive their pensions, which are accrued in full, and in case of expiration of the bank card will be able to exchange it for a new one, until then the old cards will operate without restrictions, added Rostyslav Zamlynskyi.
Let us recall, that EECPs on the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts will remain closed until June 22 inclusive. At the time restrictions are in place, the crossing of the contact line is only possible by a separate decision of the Commander of Joint Forces Operation in the case of humanitarian emergencies.