10 October 2017, 15:21



LPR People’s Militia hopes Hug’s visit expedites Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge repairs

LUGANSK, October 10 - DAN. LPR defense authorities hope that the OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug’s visit to the Republic will expedite Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge repairs, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre.

Hug plans to travel to the contact line in Schastye and Stanitsa Luganskaya areas together with a group of SMM monitors on Tuesday.

“First of all, we expect concrete actions from the deputy chief monitor and adequate assessment of the facts of gross violations of the Minsk Agreements,” Marochko said. “We’d like to remind Mr Hug about his last year promise to restore the Stanitsa Luganskaya checkpoint bridge blown up by Ukrainian forces. Hopefully, his visit will facilitate the process.”

The spokesman also expressed the hope that the OSCE official would note LPR People’s Militia peace efforts and assistance to SMM.

“Under OSCE SMM mandate based upon the principles of impartiality and transparency, they should establish contacts with local authorities and the civil society for objective assessment of the situation in the Republic, and bring this information to the global community,” he said.

Earlier, OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug said that OSCE insisted on repairing the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge which residents of LPR and Kiev-held areas would use for unhindered crossing of the contact line.

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.

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.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 10 October — Lugansk