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2 October 2018, 18:54

Minsk-2

Kiev promises to discuss Stanitsa bridge repairs with ICRC - Kobtseva

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LUGANSK, October 2 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The members of the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup agreed at the talks in Minsk that Ukrainian representatives would meet with head of the International Committee of the Red Cross mission in Ukraine Alain Aeschlimann over technicalities to restore the bridge in Stanitsa Luganskaya area.

“There’s been some progress in the issue of repairs on the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge,” Lugansk People’s Republic representative in the humanitarian subgroup, head of the LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva told the Lugansk Media Centre after the talks.

 “A dialogue has taken place and a decision was made that Ukrainian representatives would meet with Mr Aeschlimann over technical parameters in the finished project,” Kobtseva said.

She said that the LPR had insisted from the beginning that the span of the bridge due for repairs be three meters wide with the load bearing capacity at five tonnes to provide for the passage of ambulances.

“We hope that today’s positive dynamics in the issue will yield results if Kiev does not go back on its promises again,” Kobtseva said.

Earlier, she said that the opening of the Schastye crossing point would cut queues at the crossing point in Stanitsa Luganskaya caused by Ukraine’s renovation works.

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 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 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.

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 — 02 October — Lugansk