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14 August 2019, 11:57

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LPR demines 1.1 ha of land around Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge

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LUGANSK, August 14 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR engineers of the Emergencies Ministry have demined 1.1 ha of land around the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge, the Emergencies Minister Evgeniy Katsavalov said.

"As of August 13, engineers of the Ministry of Emergencies have demined 1.1 ha of territory, defused more than 100 UXO."

"The demining is complicated by extensive vegetation in the area; it has been decided to clear the demined territory with chain saws to make it available for repair equipment."

The Lugansk People’s Republic Emergency Ministry engineers plan to complete the demining of the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge area by August 16, the Ministry’s press service reported.

The record number of explosives hazards found in a day reached over 20. Engineers often find grenade launcher fragmentation rounds and anti-personnel mines such as the bouncing OZM-72 anti-personnel mine. In certain cases, UXO is blasted at the scene if its transportation is dangerous to people’s life and health.

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.

Kiev has disrupted the finalising the ICRC bridge restoration project from the very beginning of the discussion demanding that its width be limited in order to prevent the passage of armoured vehicles. The LPR repeatedly pointed out that the Ukrainian demands were ridiculous as the parameters proposed by the Republic (three metres in width and a load capacity of five tons) made military hardware traffic impossible, yet they met the minimum requirements to the passage of ambulances. Ambulance service is needed due to to many cases of people collapsing in long queues and regular fatalities.

In September 2016, representatives of Ukraine, the LPR, the DPR, Russia the OSCE initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya more than 80 times.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 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 — 14 August — Lugansk