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4 July 2019, 12:14

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Pasechnik orders to consider implementation of ICRC-proposed bridge repair project

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LUGANSK, July 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic Head Leonid Pasechnik ordered LPR authorities to address the issue of Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge repairs based on the project of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

“What are Ukrainian authorities doing instead of the soonest restoration of the Stanitsa bridge at the crossing point?” Pasechnik tweeted. “They’re looking for a pretext to promote themselves, alleging that they “recaptured a bit of land.”

“They overestimate bridge construction costs referring to the project which nobody knows about in the hope to make money on people’s problems. That’s the face of Ukrainian corruption,” Pasechnik said.

“I have already ordered to address the issue of the soonest repairs of the bridge with LPR resources based on the ICRC project,” he said. “Our task is to help thousands of our people on both sides of the contact line who suffer at the crossing every day.”

STANITSA LUGANSKAYA BRIDGE

Currently there is only one official checkpoint on the contact line in the Lugansk People’s Republic 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 of the ICRC bridge restoration project since 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 for the passage of ambulances. Ambulance service is needed due to many cases of people collapsing in long queues and regular fatalities.

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 — 04 July — Lugansk