16 October 2020, 14:24
LPR temporary suspends operation of Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point
LUGANSK, October 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR has temporary suspended the operation of the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point after Ukraine announced that it would not let people through.
"The Border Guard Service of the LPR Ministry of State Security announces that the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point is temporary closed. People will not be let through as Ukraine has unilaterally closed the crossing point indefinitely."
Any additional information will be announced later.
Ukraine informed the Lugansk People’s Republic that it is suspending the operation of the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point from October 15 to October 31.
Currently there is only one official checkpoint on contact line in the LPR area of responsibility in Donbass and it is accessible via the bridge in vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya. Only pedestrian traffic there was possible thanks to temporary conduit, as the bridge had been blown up by Ukrainian forces in early 2015. Kiev repeatedly rejected the bridge rebuilding proposals from the LPR and the International Committee of the Red Cross, and it was only possible to agree on the beginning of repairs at the Contact Group meeting in Minsk in July 2019. Pedestrian traffic along the repaired section began on November 20, 2019, but the traffic of motor vehicles including ambulances is not possible because Kiev made the section much narrower in violation of the accords reached in Minsk.
There are no checkpoints for cars on the contact line in the Lugansk region because of Kiev’s position. In addition to causing much inconvenience to residents of the region, it prevents the delivery of humanitarian cargos to the Republic by motor transport.
LuganskMediaCentre — 16 October — Lugansk