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29 January 2019, 17:40

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LPR militia reports death of fourth pensioner at Stanitsa crossing point in a month

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LUGANSK, January 29 (Lugansk Media Centre) - An elderly man died at the Ukrainian crossing point at the contact line in Stanitsa Luganskaya as Ukrainian borderguards were extorting money from his relatives; it is the fourth death in a queue this month, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“A 68-year-old man died at the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point on January 28. Ukrainian borderguards continue to create deliberate obstacles at crossing points which cause civilians’ deaths,” Marochko said.

According to eye-witnesses’ accounts, the pensioner, accompanied by his wife and son, was trying to pass the checkpoint. “After letting the man through, the occupants detained his relatives under the pretext that an additional check was needed. They stalled for two hours, trying to extort money from the pensioner’s relatives. The emotional and physical stress provoked a fatal heart attack,” the spokesman said.

It is the fourth death at the Stanitsa Luganskaya checkpoint this month, Marochko said. On January 20, an elderly man died at the checkpoint as he was being interrogated by Ukrainian servicemen.

Previously, he reported that an elderly LPR resident died at the same crossing point during a recruiting attempt by Ukrainian secret services.

Marochko said that Ukrainian nationalistic units personnel, who had arrived in the so-called Joint Forces Operation zone, were tasked by the State Security Service with taking away pensioners' money at the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point.

Currently there is only one official checkpoint on the contact line in the Lugansk People’s Republic 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 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 — 29 January — Lugansk