11 January 2017, 17:07



LPR insists on Stanitsa-Schastye-Zolotoye order of launching crossing points

LPR insists on launching full-scale crossing points in Stanitsa Luganskaya and Schastye first, and after that the opening of a checkpoint in Zolotoye will be possible, said LPR Head Igor Plotnitskiy.

"We need crossing points. Kiev, on the one hand, is speaking about launching them, but on the other, pursues the blockade and closure."

"So, we have defended our point of view: the key crossing point should be in Stanitsa Luganskaya, then Schastye and only then Zolotoye. This is the order we shall pursue."

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.

Up to six thousand people cross the bridge daily.

In November, the ICRC said it is to provide and tool up trailer houses to set up warming centers at the LPR crossing point.

Acting first deputy LPR Council of Ministers chairman, Head of the Emergency Ministry Sergey Ivanushkin reported earlier that the bridge has been inspected, estimates and construction plans prepared.

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 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 — 11 January — Lugansk