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27 September 2016, 18:13

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Deinego: Int organisations ready to finance Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge construction (PHOTOS)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN are ready to finance the reconstruction of Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point bridge, but Ukraine has to guarantee security in the area, LPR representative in the Minsk negotiations Vladislav Deinego said.

"Ukraine considers providing opportunity for us to reconstruct the bridge, to enable people to use it and allow ambulances to pass. But the only way Ukraine can help us is to provide security guarantee for our specialists to carry out project design and installation works on the bridge," he said.

"The ICRC and the UN, OSCE expressed intention to finance it, (Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and to the Contact Group) Martin Sajdik made serious proposals based on the resources procured by (Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Ertugrul) Apakan and SMM," Deinego explained.

"Even if there is no external funding, the Republic is capable to do the repairing works at its own expense," he insisted.

"The key current obstacle is the lack of stability and durable ceasefire. The issue was discussed yesterday at Plotnitsky and Hug meeting. LPR leader asked SMM representative to ensure security from Ukraine side. We will do everything possible to repair and secure the bridge before winter," Deinego said.

LPR Head Igor Plotnitsky yesterday met representatives of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, including Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug, they discussed the implementation of the Framework Agreement on Disengagement of Forces and Military Hardware, Plotnitsky press office reported. Alexander Hug expressed concerns over wooden bridge in Stanitsa Luganskaya poor condition, while Plotnitsky ensured him that a new bridge, a sound one, will soon be constructed. He urged SMM to influence Ukrainian side to prevent it from hampering the repairs.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September, 21 initialed a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Lugaskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Aleksandr Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the "Normandy Four" (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 27 September — Lugansk