19 January 2021, 18:39



Kiev in humanitarian subgroup block opening of Schastye, Zolotoye crossing points - FM

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LUGANSK, January 19 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian representatives in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup have blocked the opening of the Schastye and Zolotoye crossing points, at the video conference on Tuesday, the Lugansk People’s Republic Foreign Ministry reported.

“The humanitarian subgroup talks were not productive; Ukraine was not ready to fulfil its obligations under accords,” the report said. The parties discussed the opening of the new crossing points Lugansk-Schastye and Pervomaisk-Zolotoye.

 LPR representative Olga Kobtseva suggested a compromise to unblock the issue, but Ukraine said it was not ready to discuss it promising to present its position at the next conference. Consequently, Ukraine blocked the opening of new crossing points in the LPR,” the LPR Foreign Ministry said.

In March 2020, the LPR and Kiev agreed to set up two new crossing points on the contact line in the Schastye and Zolotoye areas; the works on the facilities were launched in July. Having failed the coordinate the key points of the crossing points’ operation, including security issues, Ukraine unilaterally opened them on November 10. The Republic called the move a provocation and a threat to the persons who cross the contact line and demanded that Kiev begin a dialogue to resolve the problems and launch full-fledged operation of the crossing points. Currently there is only one official checkpoint on contact line in the LPR area of responsibility in Donbass and it is accessible via the bridge in the vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 — 19 January — Lugansk