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Ukrainians can return from Russia through checkpoint in Sumy Oblast

Sunday, 6 August 2023, 20:04
Ukrainians can return from Russia through checkpoint in Sumy Oblast

The Kolotilovka-Pokrovka checkpoint on the border area of Russian Belgorod Oblast and Ukraine’s Sumy Oblast, through which Ukrainians can return from the occupied territories, has resumed its work. The State Border Guard Service explained that Ukraine allows citizens to return home at all closed checkpoints with the Russian Federation.

Source: Ukraine's Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories, the State Border Guard Service in a comment for Ukrainska Pravda

Quote: "Ukrainians evacuating from the temporarily occupied territories can return to the Ukrainian-controlled territory through the Kolotilovka (Russia) – Pokrovka (Ukraine) border checkpoint.

The checkpoint on the border area of Belgorod and Sumy oblasts has resumed its operation since yesterday."

Details: The Ministry for Reintegration noted that there is a volunteer humanitarian centre on the Ukrainian border, where all Ukrainians can receive free psychological, legal and humanitarian assistance, spend the night and get to Sumy or other Ukrainian cities.

People wishing to evacuate from Sumy Oblast can also use the Sumy-Kyiv special evacuation train.

Ukrposhta (Ukrainian Postal Service) offers financial assistance for every citizen in the form of 3,000 hryvnias [about $81 – ed.] for children and persons with disabilities and 2,000 hryvnias [about $54 – ed.] for all other persons arriving at the station.

The Ministry for Reintegration also noted that Kyiv Oblast Military Administration will provide all willing with housing in the modular city located in the Vyshhorod district.

At the same time, the State Border Guard Service clarified for Ukrainska Pravda that all checkpoints on the border with the aggressor state remain closed. Nonetheless, Ukrainian border guards have been facilitating the return of Ukrainian citizens since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine.

Andrii Demchenko, spokesman for the State Border Guard Service, said that the service recorded that the adjacent side allows Ukrainian citizens to pass to Ukraine at the Pokrovka checkpoint in Sumy Oblast. People could pass through the state border both on foot and in vehicles there.

In July, it was recorded that the Russian Federation restricted the ability of Ukrainian citizens to cross the border on vehicles, and at the end of July, it completely closed the possibility of crossing the border in this direction.

Quote from Demchenko: "However, a few days ago, we again began to see that Russia allows people to pass in the direction of Ukraine, and accordingly, we continue to ensure the return of Ukrainian citizens to their homeland.

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