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11 October 2017, 12:54

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LPR began engineer reconnaissance in Zolotoye area, monitored by SMM and JCCC (PHOTOS)

LUGANSK, October 11 (Lugansk Media Center) – LPR People's Militia has begun follow-up engineer reconnaissance on the Pervomaisk – Zolotoye road under the SMM and the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) supervision, said LPR People's Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko.

"Today, in accordance with the agreements made in Minsk, the LPR People's Militia began low-up engineer reconnaissance on the Pervomaisk – Zolotoye road. Earlier this zone had already been cleared of mines by LPR," he said, "The JCCC is present, and the SMM record the start of engineer works."

Earlier Marochko said that LPR was ready to start mine clearance in Zolotoye area if the SMM provided symmetrical monitoring on the both sides.

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. 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 — 11 October — Lugansk