LUGANSK, August 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The LPR Ministry of Emergencies have finished mine clearance operation at the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge, said LPR People's Militia press service head Yakov Osadchiy.
"Over the week, the LPR Ministry of Emergencies have finished all the works necessary for the soonest repairs of the bridge across the Severskiy Donets river. The territory has been cleared of UXO, vegetation has been removed and the perimeter has been explored again."
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 finalizing 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 armored vehicles.
The LPR repeatedly pointed out that the Ukrainian demands were ridiculous as the parameters proposed by the Republic (three meters 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 essential as people queuing at the checkpoint for hours often lose consciousness and even die.
At the Contact Group meeting in Minsk on July 17, Kiev and LPR representatives agreed to join efforts to reconstruct bridge.
The territory around the bridge and checkpoint is extensively overgrown and contaminated with UXO. Demining began there on August 1.
LuganskMediaCentre — 16 August — Lugansk