29 November 2017, 16:06



Kiev to make decision on Stanitsa wooden ramp by Dec 5 - Kobtseva

MINSK, November 29 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Representatives of Ukraine at the Minsk talks have promised today to give reply concerning repairs of the wooden ramp over the broken section of the bridge in Stanitsa Luganskaya by December 5, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"During the meeting of the humanitarian group, the sides discussed a possibility of repairs of the wooden ramp over the broken section of the bridge in Stanitsa Luganskaya. On our side, we confirmed our willingness (to carry out repairs)," she said.

"To facilitate the repairs, the bridge should be closed for traffic for two days. The Ukrainian side promised to come up with an answer by December 5."

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 here is possible thanks to temporary wooden ramp installed over the broken sections of the bridge, as it had been blown up by Ukrainian forces. 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.

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 — 29 November — Lugansk