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Residents of ATO zone have special need for legal aid
  • Written by Olena Orlova, IRC “Legal Space”
  • Published in  Events
Lawyer Oleksandr Levenets (right) with villagers of Krasna Talivka. Photo by Stanitsa Luhanska Law Community Center
Lawyer Oleksandr Levenets (right) with villagers of Krasna Talivka.

The prolonged absence of notaries, the changes in the legislation for residents of ATO zone, the transition to the uncontrolled territory, etc. These are the questions that lawyers of Stanitsa Luhanska Law Community Center help the villagers of Krasna Talivka (Stanitsa Luhanska district, Luhansk region) to solve.

Twelve residents of the local community participated in the information legal event "General issues of implementation of laws of Ukraine "On temporary measures in ATO zone" and “On queries of citizens". Lawyers commented on these laws as one of the most up-to-date ones.

Krasna Talivka is a village situated near a checkpoint on the border between Ukraine and Russia. Trucks and passenger transport are going through the village. Accordingly, the geographical location of the village in wartime affects the livelihoods of the village.

People also told the lawyers that they are dissatisfied with the actions of electricity and communication suppliers, who, violating even their own regulations and treaties, "cut off" consumers.

Participants were introduced to the work of LCC, spoke about free legal aid in Ukraine. In particular, people learned how they can get free legal advice within 24 hours without leaving the village, using the services of the Legal Space web portal.


Mykola Fillipov informs about the work of “Legal Space". Photo by Stanitsa LuhanskaLaw Community Center.

Within private consultations the lawyers of the Centre unleashed 14 questions. Most of them are related to hereditary, due to long absence of a notary in the district. People were provided with the extracts from the legislation with the changes in the ATO zone.


Lawyer Oleksandr Levenets advises the secretary of the village council on the legal settlement of transport links to the village. Photo by Stanitsa LuhanskaLaw Community Center.

Three administrative issues were linked to the ATO, the transition to the uncontrolled territory. There were also contractual issues, social protection, labour and land legislation.


The next question to lawyer is employment (part-time). Photo by Stanitsa LuhanskaLaw Community Center.

“Actually, all these issues are not complicated, however, rather specific, considering living in the ATO zone”, the head of the project and LCC Mykola Fillipov told. “The lack of legal services creates certain inconveniences”.


The villager consults the lawyer on land legislation. Photo by Stanitsa LuhanskaLaw Community Center.

The event was held by Stanitsa LuhanskaLaw Community Center in the framework of the project "Provision of comprehensive legal assistance, information and legal support to the community in the ATO zone" with the support of International Renaissance Foundation. The organization is thankful to the employees of the village council and local libraries for the active help in arranging the meeting.

P.S. Community Law Centers are created and work in the framework of the “Legal aid to the poor and vulnerable groups” Initiative with the financial support of the “Human Rights and Justice” Program Initiative of the International Renaissance Foundation. You can learn more about activity of Community Law Center network, basics and principles of work on the LegalSpace website.

The opinion of the International Renaissance Foundation cannot coincide with the point of view of authors of publication.

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