Ukrainian government in the past to require elderly people living in areas controlled by pro-Russian forces to regularly cross border checkpoints to Ukraine's "mainland" to receive pensions and medical supplies. However, since the border closure, the above-mentioned distribution model has ceased to exist, and most of the elderly have lost the official
Ukrainian pension and medical assistance popular database resources. Currently, the only way to enter or leave the territory of the two regions is to enter Russia and then return to Ukraine through the Russian-Ukrainian border checkpoint. However, such a journey takes an average of 30 hours, costs as much as $100 per trip, and usually has only non-compliant Companies required by law provide ride-hailing services, and the vehicles provided by these major transportation companies are
often poorly maintained, resulting in frequent accidents. To make matters worse, the Ukrainian government regards the above-mentioned mode of entry via Russia and then into the Ukrainian "mainland" as an illegal border crossing. Even Donetsk and Luhansk residents who are both Ukrainian nationals will be arrested if they are caught. to prosecution and fines.