The village is basically in no man's land, the so-called "gray" area, beyond the last Ukrainian checkpoint. There are no Ukrainian military units deployed here, and no militants of the self-proclaimed "LPR" either. Katerynivka legally belongs to Berezivka village council, which is occupied, thus the village was cut off from funding. After that, people began asking local authorities to "bring them back to Ukraine."
Head of the Luhansk region Hennadii Moskal brought humanitarian aid to Katerynivka and personally talked to the residents.
"The village has become a hostage of changes to the demarcation line as a result of fighting," Moskal said. "Since it is beyond the last Ukrainian checkpoint, the militants sometimes come into the village at night (for this reason the military gave us enforced escort with an ARV). However, Katerynivka is NOT occupied by the so-called "LPR" and most of the local farmers are for Ukraine, so I gave instructions to unblock funding and officially join the village to the Luhansk region controlled by Ukraine. A yellow-blue flag was raised over the building in the center of the village."
The village currently has 162 residents and 32 displaced persons (mostly from occupied Pervomaisk). There are about twenty children who do not attend school since it is in the occupied side. Spring agricultural work cannot be carried out due to the proximity to the front line (militants' reinforcements are just a kilometer away from the center of Katerynivka).
"The biggest problem for farmers is the lack of social benefits and access to the district center. The first problem is almost solved and the second will be solved in the near future," Moskal said.