"Covid" does not justify closure of checkpoints in Donbas - EU special representative 10/29/2021 12:35:01. Total views 630. Views today — 0.

All existing entry/exit checkpoints on the contact line in eastern Ukraine should work. Coronavirus pandemic cannot be a reason to close them. This was stated by the EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

"The issue of places of detention is number one. But there are also issues with the checkpoints. "Covid" is not an excuse for closing them. This may be a reason to limit the number of those who cross the checkpoint, but this is an open area… That is why I reject this argument", - Gilmore noted.

He stressed that this is primarily a punishment for people on both sides of the contact line.

"Denying them the right to contact their families and get services they need, do business, etc. People who suffer there, especially residents of the non-controlled territories, should have access to another part of the country. This should stop and checkpoints should be open", - the EU special representative summed up.