27 June 2018, 16:11


LPR urges to restore Stanitsa bridge, as people are dying of heat in queues to checkpoint

LUGANSK, June 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The LPR has reintroduced the issue of the Stanitsa bridge restoration during today's meeting of the humanitarian working group in Minsk, said LPR's negotiator at the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"We spoke about the two people who have died at the check point outside Stanitsa Luganskaya (because of the heat) on June 24 on the Ukrainian side. We said it was necessary to engage Red Cross volunteers to help people who are queuing at the Ukrainian side at the sun for hours. They are mostly elderly people who cross the contact line to receive pensions. We also discussed the issue of handing bodies over to relatives."

Ambulances are always on duty on the LPR side of the checkpoint, as well as Red Cross in the LPR volunteers assisted by the ICRC, she said.

"The ruined bridge must be restored," Kobtseva urged.

Earlier Kobtseva noted that Kiev had demonstrated during the previous meetings the lack of willingness to rebuild the bridge damaged by Kiev's troops.

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 the vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya. Only pedestrian traffic is allowed across the river along a 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 27 June — Lugansk