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10 October 2017, 20:59

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OSCE calls on sides to agree on Stanitsa bridge repair plan (PHOTOS)

LUGANSK, October 10 (Lugansk Media Center) – The OSCE SMM calls on Kiev and LPR to coordinate plans to repair Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge, as international engineer projects are already available.

"There are international projects already available to repair the bridge, but it's up to the sides to agree together to make it possible," said Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug.

"The SMM will continue to monitor if they do or not. These civilians have a little bit more than an hour to do what they have to do, to cross from the one side to the other. Over eight thousand Ukrainians cross that bridge every day."

"The cold season is coming; the road you are standing on will be icy and even more difficult to walk on. There is an opportunity to change it now, to move positions, withdraw the weapons and repair the bridge for those eight thousand people who crossed it today," Hug said.

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. 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