Cover photo: Program of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) - Home is waiting for you
Every day hundreds, if not thousands of people cross the border between Ukraie and the separatist Dontesk and Luhansk People's Republics (DNR and LNR). Not many want to talk about life "on the other side", and when they do, not much is said. This is how a day looks like at a checkpoint.
On the Ukrainian side I was told different reasons.
1. To get their pensions, since the Ukrainian state pays them
2. To do some shopping, given that prices are twice as high in DNR and LNR, and the currency now is Russian Ruble
3. They buy extra food or whatever, which they sell at home, for profit, obviously. (Hey, it's one country, so no tariffs and customs and the checkpoints)
4. Smuggling with and without the knowledge of the authorities
People don't really like to talk to journalists. When they do, they're kind of vague about everything. Nonetheless, you can see they want peace, and if 3 years ago they supported the idea of joining Russia, or the Novorossiya project, they are very disappointed with the result.
Yeah, by the way, you never know about a person who goes to get his/her pension, or merely to do some shopping, was/is a "separatist" or not.