12 October 2017, 15:20



LPR People’s Militia continues engineer reconnaissance to launch Zolotoye crossing point

LUGANSK, October 12 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR People’s Militia is continuing engineer reconnaissance of terrain in Zolotoye as part of preparations for opening a crossing point in the area, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

Marochko said that LPR defence authorities were committed to implementing the measures spelled out in the Minsk agreements.

“Engineer reconnaissance of a Pervomaisk-Zolotoye road stretch was carried out yesterday and today as part of preparations for opening a car crossing point there,” he said.

 On Wednesday, Marochko said that LPR People’s Militia started engineer reconnaissance of a stretch of the Pervomaisk-Zolotoye road; OSCE Special Monitoring Mission personnel and officers of the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination were watching the engineers work.

He also said that People’s Militia was ready to begin demining Zolotoye area ahead of the opening of the crossing point, on the condition that SMM monitors simultaneously patrolled both sides of the contact line.

Earlier, Ukrainian representatives stated that the Contact Group had “unequivocally supported the initiative brought forward by coordinator for OSCE of the Contact Group working group on security Ertugrul Apakan to open the Zolotoye crossing point on 20 October 2017.” LPR envoy to Minsk talks, acting LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said LPR doubted that the facility could be launched by that date.

Deinego noted that he did not rule out recurrence of the provocations when Ukraine unilaterally opened the crossing point in Zolotoye area.

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 — 12 October — Lugansk