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9 July 2019, 09:43

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LPR to view Kiev’s unilateral Stanitsa bridge actions as aggression - Pasechnik

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LUGANSK, July 9 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic will view any unilateral actions by Kiev on the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge as an act of aggression, LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik said.

“Any unilateral actions by Ukraine on the LPR territory of which the Stanitsa bridge is a part, will be regarded as a new act of aggression,” Pasechnik tweeted.

“You want to foil the disengagement, steal construction money and keep your rating from falling too low. This is clear,” he said addressing Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.

“But our objective is to take care of people in the first place. Therefore, we’ll restore the bridge on own own, if necessary, both on our side and on yours. Our people are on both sides of the bridge and while you play president they suffer. Do you really want to help people? Our representatives will voice the proposals in Minsk,” he added.

Earlier, the LPR Foreign Ministry reminded “Mr Zelensky that the bridge across the Seversky Donets in Stanitsa Luganskaya was on the contact line approved by the Minsk Memorandum dated September 19, 2014, so any unilateral actions by Ukraine regarding bridge repairs or operation can be viewed as gross violation of the Minsk Agreements.” The LPR authorities also said that they could “repair both the LPR and Ukrainian parts of the bridge.”

LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said that Kiev’s statements about the readiness to restore the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridged ruined by Ukrainian forces were “unrealistic” and a self-promotion attempt, so the Republic was ready to repair the structure using the project offered by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Previously, LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik ordered LPR authorities to address the issue of Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge repairs based on the ICRC project.

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.

Kiev has disrupted the finalising the ICRC bridge restoration project from the very beginning of the discussion demanding that its width be limited in order to prevent the passage of armoured vehicles. The LPR repeatedly pointed out that the Ukrainian demands were ridiculous as the parameters proposed by the Republic (three metres in width and a load capacity of five tons) made military hardware traffic impossible, yet they met the minimum requirements to the passage of ambulances. Ambulance service is needed due to to many cases of people collapsing in long queues and regular fatalities.

In September 2016, representatives of Ukraine, the LPR, the DPR, Russia the OSCE initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya more than 80 times.

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 — 09 July — Lugansk