21 December 2017, 17:43



LPR Council of Ministers restricts passenger traffic to Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point

LUGANSK, December 21 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR Council of Ministers has passed a resolution restricting passenger traffic in Stanitsa Luganskaya temporary crossing point area, Deputy LPR Interior Minister Yuriy Govtvin told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

“Due to increasing number of strikes of Ukrainian military on the Republic’s territory and for the sake of safety of our citizens in the frontline zone, the Council of Ministers restricted access to Stanitsa Luganskaya area for passenger vehicles, except for those transporting persons with 1st, 2nd and 3rd disability degrees, pregnant women, citizens with children up to three years and other persons having medical conditions confirmed with documents,” Govtvin said.

“Hence, beginning from 26 December, non-commercial trips to Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point by personal car will be allowed (drivers accompanied by relatives, friends, etc. will be granted access), as well as trips by municipal bus departing from Lugansk Central Bus Terminal,” he said.

“The drivers using their cars for commercial purposes will face administrative punishment,” the official added.

Earlier, LPR Council of Ministers transferred the departure point for municipal buses headed to Stanitsa Luganskaya from the ring road in the city’s 50 Let Oktyabrya district to Lugansk Central Bus Terminal.

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 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 21 December — Lugansk