Zhovte Village (NGCA) from Lobacheve side
Lobacheve and Zhovte village are two villages in a “grey zone” 20 km away from non-government controlled Luhansk city. It is directly contact line, as Lobacheve is in GCA and Zhovte is NGCA. These two villages are separated by the river Siversky Donets, but in the fact, it is one village with unified infrastructure. Before the conflict the villages were connected by vehicle ferry crossing and pedestrian bridge. In July 2014 those interconnection means were burst during hostilities between armed groups and Ukrainian army and negatively affected life of villagers on the both sides of the contact line.
“98% residents of Zhovte and Lobacheve have close relative ties. Historically Zhovte and Lobacheve were one village. The same zip code, all social infrastructure facilities are located in Zhovte village. Children from Lobacheve attended school, kindergarten, policlinic in Zhovte. Now they are deprived of such opportunity” , - Maryna Romanova, the Head of Zhovte Village Council. Previously Lobacheve was one of the villages administrated by that Council.
Photo Anastasiia Karpilianska
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