18 April 2018, 16:47



Kiev avoids reconstruction of Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge by all means - Kobtseva

LUGANSK, April 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Ukrainian side in the Contact Group's humanitarian working group seeks for any pretexts to avoid the reconstruction of the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"During the talks they voiced various arguments to support their idea that the reconstruction cannot begin," she said. "Though the project of reconstruction has been developed by international experts in accordance with previously reached agreements."

"Kiev's stance on a synchronized opening of Schastye and Zolotoye checkpoints is still unclear," she added.

"Opening of a checkpoint outside Schastye would allow pedestrian and vehicle traffic to enhance logistics of humanitarian cargo, first and foremost."

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 thanks to temporary conduit, as the bridge was blown up by Ukrainian forces in early 2015. LPR has been continuously proposing to rebuild it.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 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 Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 18 April — Lugansk