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25 October 2018, 19:01

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Pasechnik drives truck to launch Chernukhino bridge linking LPR with DPR (PHOTOS)

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LUGANSK, October 25 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Acting Head of the Lugansk People’s Republic Leonid Pasechnik took part in the ceremony to relaunch the Chernukhino overpass bridge linking the Donbass Republics.

The infrastructure facility is located on the LPR-DPR border on the M-04 Motorway Lugansk-Donetsk. It sustained serious damage in the course of Kiev aggression and drivers had to take 30-kilometre detours for nearly four years.

During the ceremony, Pasechnik and Perevalskiy district administration head Vitaliy Mikhailov replaced the road sign “No Traffic” with “Open to Traffic.” The LPR Head then got into a Lugansk Avtodor (Road Maintenance Company) truck to drive along the restored bridge in symbolic recommissioning.

“It’s very symbolic because this road links our Republic with the DPR. We’re quickly building warm relationship with Donetsk; we rebuilt the bridge as a symbol,” Pasechnik said.

He said that it was not possible to revive the LPR economy without restoring motorways and railways and the Republic’s infrastructure in general.

“The launching of the bridge is a benchmark. I’d like to thank everybody who has helped, keep it up!” Pasechnik said.

Acting LPR Infrastructure and Transport Minister Vladimir Gerasimchuk noted that this important transport corridor had been restored within several months thanks to the support of the Republic’s leadership.

 “It’s our pilot; we'll be making further road surface improvements,” Gerasimchuk said. “We continue to restore our infrastructure; it’s our land and we’ll be improving it.”

 Mikhailov reminded that Ukrainian forces had their forward positions immediately behind the Chernukhino bridge in 2014 and early 2015 and that their objective was to divide the two Republics. The Kiev forces deployed in the area delivered merciless fire at the Chernukhino and Tsentralniy settlements and Zorinsk at that time.

“Of course, the bridge is a social, political and economic element linking the two peoples (LPR and DPR). It’s not just a steel and concrete structure, it all began here, our war began here,” the administration head said.

He reminded that Pasechnik, immediately upon assuming office, supported the Perevalsk residents’ request to restore the bridge and ordered the LPR ministries in charge to begin repairs.

In early October, Pasechnik gave two weeks to the Infrastructure Ministry and Lugansk Avtodor to restore the Chernukhino bridge. Earlier, he tasked the authorities with restoring the damaged car bridges within four to five months.

The LPR Infrastructure and Transport Ministry reported that 19 car bridges having a total length of 1,500 metres had been damaged or destroyed during the fighting in the Republic.

LuganskMediaCentre — 25 October — Lugansk