Ukrainian pensioners struggle to cross the conflict line

Since the armed conflict divided eastern Ukraine back in 2014, almost 1.3 million pensioners have found themselves caught in the middle, living in territory now outside of government control but dependent on state institutions for their hard-earned retirement pensions.

People pass from the government controlled area to the non-government controlled area through the checkpoint in Novotroitske, eastern Ukraine. © UNHCR Ukraine

To try to maintain access to those funds, the old and frail are forced repeatedly to make a difficult, costly and dangerous journey across the “line of contact”.


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