4 May 2018, 19:32


Kiev blames ICRC for protracting Stanitsa bridge reconstruction

LUGANSK, May 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Kiev attempts to blame the ICRC for protracting Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge reconstruction, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"Kiev representatives said that they had coordinated position on the bridge reconstruction taking into account a possible ambulance traffic on the bridge. As the Contact Group embarked on the issue, Kiev reps blamed the ICRC for protracting the settlement of this proposition," she said.

Earlier Kobtseva noted that Kiev had demonstrated during the previous meetings the lack of willingness to rebuild the bridge damaged by Kiev's troops.

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 the vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya. Only pedestrian traffic is allowed across the river along a 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 — 04 May — Lugansk