19 May 2020, 13:52


LPR arranges contact line crossing for another 31 people in Stanitsa - Kobtseva

LUGANSK, May 19 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic and Ukraine arranged two-way traffic for 31 people through the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point, currently closed because of coronavirus infection, LPR representative to the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva said.

“On May 19, 2020, assistance was rendered to citizens who were unable to return to the Lugansk People’s Republic or Ukraine due to anti-COVID-19 measures,” Kobtseva said.

“The LPR and Ukraine agreed to reopen the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point for these people. Twelve people returned to the Republic and another 19 to Ukraine.” “Medics checked the new arrivals. LPR police helped to carry out the arrangement. Personnel of the LPR Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination controlled the contact line crossing,” she said.

More than 100 people remain on the lists passed to Kiev. They are waiting for Ukraine to let them return.

The dialogue with Ukraine is ongoing, Kobtseva said. Earlier, the LPR representative said that under an accord with Ukraine, 20 people arrived in the LPR on May 16 and 33 people in the LPR said they were ready to cross the contact line. The Republic had passed Ukraine the lists with the names of 180 people wishing to get into Ukraine.

The Republic closed the only crossing point in Stanitsa Luganskaya on March 23, as part of the measures to fight COVID-19. Ukraine, too, shut down the counterpart crossing point in Stanitsa Luganskaya. After the video conference on May 13, Kobtseva said that the LPR and Kiev were considering the possibility to allow contact line crossing to those who badly needed it.

Kobtseva also said that the LPR earlier had let the people residing in Kiev-controlled territory to cross the contact line in Stanitsa Luganskaya.

The persons who have found themselves outside the Republic and cannot cross the border of foreign states, can ask the LPR Foreign Ministry to help by calling +38(0642) 50-19-94, +38 (072) 115-99-35 (WhatsApp, Telegram), +38(050) 943-55-42 (Viber), or writing to The World Health Organisation called the COVID-19 coronavirus infection a pandemic. The first coronavirus infection cases were recorded in China in late 2019. As of now, the number of coronavirus contacts has exceeded 4.6 million; of those, over 312,000 died. Coronavirus cases were reported in Ukraine and Russia. Earlier, the LPR confirmed 328 COVID-19 cases. The Republic’s Emergency Sanitary and Anti-Epidemic Commission shut down public catering businesses, ordered education institutions to switch to online courses starting March 30, cancelled public transportation incentives and suspended trade in non-food products. To prevent the spreading of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) government bodies and officials suspended face to face meetings with residents or launched interaction using electronic queues. The LPR parliament toughened the penalty for violating sanitary and epidemiological norms. The Republic’s authorities issued a strict stay-at-home order for the period from May 1 to May 12. The Emergency Sanitary and Anti-Epidemic Commission decided on May 11, 2020, to resume the operation of public transport, markets, kindergartens, hairdressers etc. across the larger part of the LPR on the condition that they remained committed to safety precautions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 19 May — Lugansk