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Crossing the ‘border’ in Mayorsk (PHOTOS)

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Ukrainian servicemen on Nov. 24 check vehicles at the Mayorsk checkpoint, a crossing point between government-held territory and areas in Donetsk Oblast where Russian-backed armed groups have seized control from the local authorities.
Photo by Anastasia Vlasova

Along the front line between the warring sides in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, several unofficial “border” crossing points now exist, where people can cross from government-held territories into areas where Russian-backed armed groups have seized control from the local authorities.

People crossing the line of control now face waiting in long lines to undergo document and vehicle checks. Meanwhile, a large section of Ukraine’s official border with Russia, in areas of the Donbas where the Russian-backed armed groups operate, is beyond the control of the government.

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