13 October 2020, 17:27



Kiev notifies LPR about temporary closure of crossing point from Oct 15 to Oct 31

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LUGANSK, October 13 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukraine has informed the Lugansk People’s Republic that it is suspending the operation of the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point from October 15 to October 31, LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva told the Lugansk Media Centre.

“The Ukrainian representative in the humanitarian group notified me about the closure of Stanitsa Luganskaya (crossing point),” Kobtseva said. “The representative said that the official document (on suspending the operation of the crossing point) might follow; we’re expecting it, but it is already a fact that “Stanitsa Luganskaya” will not operate on October 15 - 31.”

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 vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya. Only pedestrian traffic there was possible thanks to temporary conduit, as the bridge had been blown up by Ukrainian forces in early 2015. Kiev repeatedly rejected the bridge rebuilding proposals from the LPR and the International Committee of the Red Cross, and it was only possible to agree on the beginning of repairs at the Contact Group meeting in Minsk in July 2019. Pedestrian traffic along the repaired section began on November 20, 2019, but the traffic of motor vehicles including ambulances is not possible because Kiev made the section much narrower in violation of the accords reached in Minsk.

There are no checkpoints for cars on the contact line in the Lugansk region because of Kiev’s position. In addition to causing much inconvenience to residents of the region, it prevents the delivery of humanitarian cargos to the Republic by motor transport.

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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 13 October — Lugansk