The SMM visited two border areas currently outside government control. At the Uspenka border crossing point (73km south-east of Donetsk), present for under 30 minutes, the SMM saw (…) ten blue Kamaz trucks with covered trailers, all with "DPR” plates. All vehicles were in a queue to exit Ukraine. The driver (a middle-aged man) of one of the blue trucks told the SMM that the ten trucks were transporting wheat and he had faced no problems exiting Ukraine with the plates he had and his "DPR” "passport”. At the Novoazovsk (101km south-east of Donetsk) border crossing point, in less than an hour, the SMM saw: four covered trucks (with Ukrainian licence plates) transporting wheat and ten civilian cars (nine with Ukrainian licence plates, one with "DPR” plates) exit Ukraine. The driver of one of the trucks told the SMM that they were transporting wheat.
The SMM monitored a border area not under government control. During fifteen minutes at the border crossing point near Novoazovsk (101km south-east of Donetsk), the Mission observed 24 trucks with trailers containing wheat and sunflower seeds in a queue to leave Ukraine. One of the drivers told the SMM that they had to wait about 24 hours to cross the border.
During thirty minutes at the border crossing point near Novoazovsk (40km east of Mariupol) the SMM observed 41 tractor-trailers in a queue to leave Ukraine. A group of four drivers told the SMM that they were transporting wheat and that they had been waiting for four days to cross due to a slow process.
The SMM visited a border area not under government control. During 30 minutes at a border crossing point near Novoazovsk (102km south-east of Donetsk), the SMM saw six cars (two with Ukrainian and four with Russian Federation licence plates) and 15 trucks carrying wheat (all with Russian Federation licence plates) waiting in queues to exit Ukraine, and one truck with a covered cargo area (Ukrainian licence plates) entering Ukraine. Four men (in their forties) from among the drivers of the 15 trucks in queues to exit Ukraine told the Mission that they had been waiting for four days to exit.