Reference : V-P-UA-E-00882
Date : 11/01/2019
Country/Region : UKRAINE
Caption : Stanytsia Luhanska, crossing point. People are warming up at the heating point installed by the ICRC.
Photographer : KHYZHNIAK, Tatiana
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Thousands people cross the contact line every day in snow or slush. While waiting for hours in the winter weather, their shoes often get wet and cold. They visit the heating point to rest, warm up themselves, drink tea and dry their shoes on the potbelly stove.

ICRC website, photo gallery of 14.02.2019: Ukraine: Winter along the contact line

It has been nearly five years since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Many people living along the contact line in the Donbas lost their income and continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing hostilities. Their situation worsens in winter as damaged walls, roofs and windows let the cold in. The drop in temperature is bitterly felt not only inside buildings, but also on the road, including during the strenuous journey to cross the contact line.
In addition to regular expenses, people need to buy materials to keep their houses warm. While heating is becoming more costly, in some areas it can be difficult to obtain hard fuel. Accompanied by the ongoing hostilities, winter season creates challenges for the people who are already living with disrupted public services and accrued infrastructure damages.
Resolution : 4187x2749
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour