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22 March 2019, 18:22

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Kiev's plan on Zolotoye checkpoint dangerous for civilians, area unsafe – People's Militia

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LUGANSK, March 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Kiev's plan to open the Zolotoye checkpoint unilaterally may result in civilian casualties, said LPR People's Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko.

"The (planned) opening of the Zolotoye checkpoint in the "Lugansk region" can result in casualties, it is another provocation. The OSCE SMM regularly reports military equipment and weapons deployed to the disengagement area, shots fired and UXO (found in the area)."

Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian group of the Contact Group Irina Geraschenko said earlier on Friday, that Kiev plans to open the Zolotoye checkpoint on Sunday, March 24. Kiev's representative at the Contact Group Evgeniy Marchuk announced plans to begin repair works on the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge unilaterally. The statements were made during the meeting of the Minsk Platform informal parliamentary group of Ukraine's Rada.

On October 20, 2017, Ukraine made a provocative attempt to unilaterally open the Zolotoye crossing point despite LPR’s objections.

LPR Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego later said that LPR's condition is that the two crossing points in Schastye and Zolotoye be opened simultaneously. “For Lugansk and much of the LPR territory, it is far more important to open the crossing point via the bridge in Schastye, in terms of logistics and capacity,” the diplomat said.

He reminded that the Zolotoye checkpoint may be opened only after the withdrawal of forces from the Stanitsa Luganskaya sector.

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 there is possible as a temporary wooden ramp has been installed over the collapsed sections of the bridge. The bridge sustained damage after it had been blown up by Ukrainian forces on March 19, 2015. LPR has been continuously proposing to rebuild it.

LuganskMediaCentre — 22 March — Lugansk