In several instances the OM observed that parents returned to Ukraine leaving their children in the Russian Federation.
They usually do not return from Russia to Ukraine.
A significant number of people are just crossing for short periods during the day and return in the evening. They commute across the border to extend their migration cards, to withdraw money and to buy medicine and other supplies in Russia, as, according to their assertion, it is extremely difficult if not impossible to do so in eastern Ukraine. Therefore the statistics do not accurately reflect the cross-border movement.