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8 May 2020, 17:11

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ICRC delivers anti-COVID-19 aid to LPR through Stanitsa pedestrian bridge (PHOTOS)

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LUGANSK, May 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The ICRC has delivered anti-COVID-19 humanitarian aid for the LPR through pedestrian checkpoint in Stanitsa Luganskaya as Kiev blocks the opening of the checkpoint in Schastye accessible for vehicles, said LPR representative in the Contact Group's humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"We have received humanitarian aid from the ICRC today at the Stanitsa Luganskaya checkpoint. The ICRC had to deliver it via pedestrian bridge, by hand, as Ukraine blocks any progress on agreement to open the transport corridor through the Schastye bridge," she said.

The highway connecting Lugansk and Schastye is the safest option and id ready to be used.

"The situation outside Zolotye, where another possible checkpoint is located, leaves much to be desired. It gets worse every day. Over the past week we had a number of casualties there – children and adults, thus it is impossible to consider this option for delivering aid," Kobtseva said.

"We have been negotiating the Schastye bridge since 2015 to no avail."

Currently there is only one official checkpoint at the line of contact in LPR area of responsibility in Donbass and it is accessible via the bridge in vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya. Only pedestrian traffic here is possible there as the repaired bridge's width does not permit vehicle passage.

The bridge repair accord was reached after the disengagement of forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya in late June 2019. Kiev had failed the disengagement more than 80 times. LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk in September 2016 initialed a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provided for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). The disengagement has been completed in all three areas by now, though Ukrainian military presence and activity is occasionally reported.

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 Resolution 2202 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 Lugansk regions.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 08 May — Lugansk