The number of people crossing into Ukraine has grown since last week, said Paul Picard, Acting Chief Observer of the OSCE Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk.
It seems Ukrainian citizens who have been staying in Russia are now coming home, he said, adding that the OSCE had seen four categories of people arriving in Russia from Ukraine: families with suitcases, adults without backpacks, senior citizens and people in military uniforms.
Many come from Ukraine to use ATM services and buy food, Picard told reporters on Thursday.
The Ukrainians crossing the border said Ukraine's border areas had encountered big electricity and food problems, he added. There is a deficit of elementary foodstuffs and Ukrainian citizens have to come to Russia to get them, he said.
According to Picard, 19 OSCE mission members are working in the Rostov region. They are deployed at the Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints.
He said they had not been ordered to extend the OSCE mission's presence in the Rostov region and so far expected to stay on the Russian territory until October 23 consistent with their mandate.
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