28 October 2020, 21:18



Schastye, Zolotoye checkpoints capacities remain unclear as Kiev defers clarification

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LUGANSK, October 28 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukraine has not clarified the functionality of the Schastye and Zolotoye checkpoints that must have been designed to allow passage of vehicles, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"Kiev has not officially confirmed the functionality of the Schastye and Zolotoye checkpoints as previewed by the road map," she said.

Today, Kobtseva said, Kiev came up with a different interpretation of the checkpoints functional purpose.

"Ukraine silences (the issue of the checkpoints functioning), today their delegation's first deputy head Alexey Reznikov said that Schastye is developed as a pedestrian crossing point," she said.

Both crossing points must be designed and equipped for the passage of vehicles in accordance with the agreements reached in March.

Kobtseva added that the issue remained unresolved.

Currently there is only one official checkpoint on contact line in the LPR area of responsibility in Donbass and it is accessible via the bridge in vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya. Only pedestrian traffic there was possible thanks to temporary conduit, as the bridge had been blown up by Ukrainian forces in early 2015. Kiev repeatedly rejected the bridge rebuilding proposals from the LPR and the International Committee of the Red Cross, and it was only possible to agree on the beginning of repairs at the Contact Group meeting in Minsk in July 2019. Pedestrian traffic along the repaired section began on November 20, 2019, but the traffic of motor vehicles including ambulances is not possible because Kiev made the section much narrower in violation of the accords reached in Minsk.

There are no checkpoints for cars on the contact line in the Lugansk region because of Kiev’s position. In addition to causing much inconvenience to residents of the region, it prevents the delivery of humanitarian cargos to the Republic by motor transport.

LuganskMediaCentre — 28 October — Lugansk