Travel across the line of control in the Donbas is down by 95% compared to 2019,

 according to statistics supplied by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. During the first six months of this year, there were 311,000 crossings registered at checkpoints in Luhansk and Donetsk regions. During the first six months of 2019, there were about 6 million. Ukraine’s government charges that the separatist authorities have used the Covid pandemic as an excuse to largely cut off Russia-controlled areas from government-controlled Ukraine.

By the end of this year, as many as one million Ukrainians living in Russia-controlled Donbas will receive Russian passports,

said Viktor Vodolatsky, the Deputy chair of Russia’s Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Eurasian Integration (TASS). “Today, 538,000 people living in the territory of Donbas are citizens of the Russian Federation,” he said. “By the end of this year, up to 1 million Donbas residents will have become Russian citizens.”