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1 March 2018, 09:23

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One million people cross the contact line every month

LUGANSK, March 1 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Around one million people cross the contact line between the sides of the Donbass conflict every month, the ICRC said in its report made available to the Lugansk Media Center.

"Given that around one million people cross the contact line every month, the ICRC will also be looking into ways of making the existing crossing points as safe as possible and to provide medical points, heating/cooling places, latrines and other assistance as needed," it said.

The organization's report provided other important statistical figures. At the moment, the ICRC delegation in Ukraine has over 500 staff, including some 85 international colleagues. It is the ninth largest ICRC operation in the world this year. The office in Lugansk has over 40 staff, including six internationals. The ICRC said it did not plan significant changes to that figures this year.

The ICRC distributes food and hygiene parcels to over 20,000 people on both sides of the contact line in Donbas every month, it said. The ICRC office in Lugansk provided emergency relief to over 27,000 people in more than 50 villages situated near the contact line in 2017 and keeps assisting them on a regular basis. Over 2,700 people in Stakhanov, Kirovsk, Brianka, Molodezhnoe, Donetskii and Almaznaia were able to repair their homes thanks to around 360 tons of construction and emergency materials.

"We will stay in Donbas as long as there is a need for our presence. The conflict has now been going on for close to four years, and as long as there are humanitarian needs by the civilians affected by the conflict, the ICRC will remain here to support the most vulnerable segments of the population," the organization stated.

LuganskMediaCentre — 01 March — Lugansk