24 October 2018, 17:49


Pasechnik thanks Hug for active work in Donbass

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LUGANSK, October 24 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR acting head Leonid Pasechnik has praised the work of the principal deputy chief monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine Alexander Hug.

"The disengagement in the Stanitsa Luganskaya and Pervomaisk areas has been discussed, the repairs of the Stanitsa bridge, perspectives of opening Schastye or Pervomaisk checkpoints," Pasechnik said after the meeting with Hug.

"No agreements have been reached, unfortunately, as the Ukrainian side doesn't meet us halfway."

Nevertheless, Pasechnik said the meeting was productive, and thanked Hug for his work with the OSCE SMM.

"We thanked Mr. Hug for his active position and work in our territory; we expressed certainty that the person who replaces him will continue to cooperate and put efforts into settlement of the conflict," Pasechnik said.

Hug has also expressed his gratitude to the LPR and praised the recent operation to evacuate two civilians killed in Kiev-controlled Zolotoye-4.

Earlier on Wednesday Hug urged journalists to contribute to peace settlement in Donbass and said the sides of the Donbass conflict should settle issues during the peace talks in Minsk.

Hug, a trained lawyer, served as an officer in the Swiss Army, including a stint as regional commander of the Swiss Headquarters Support Unit for the OSCE in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also worked for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, and the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX). His term of office in the OSCE expires on October 31. He is to be replaced by Mark Etherington.

LuganskMediaCentre — 24 October — Lugansk