5 October 2017, 19:20


Ukraine turns down LPR’s proposal to open Schastye crossing point

LUGANSK, October 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine turned down LPR’s proposal to open a crossing point on the contact line in Schastye area, LPR envoy to Minsk talks, acting LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

“The Schastye crossing point which we suggested at the previous meeting was discussed (by the Contact Group on 4 October - eds Lugansk Media Centre),” Deinego said. ”Regrettably, no sensible response came from Ukraine again except “we don’t want it. There is hope we’ll still make it discuss this crossing point.”

“Ukraine continues to discuss the Zolotoye crossing point which we proposed some 18 months ago, nevertheless, the issue of arrangements and coordination dragged on,” the diplomat said.

At present, the Republic does not have enough resources to set up the required infrastructure for the Zolotoye crossing point, he said.

“We’re now considering the funding sources for this infrastructure, and later on, we might come up with clear prospects for opening this checkpoint,” Deinego said.

He added that OSCE Contact Group security subgroup coordinator for OSCE Ertugrul Apakan and Contact Group coordinator for OSCE Martin Sajdik promised to help find the funding for Zolotoye crossing point infrastructure.

Earlier, LPR representative in the humanitarian subgroup Olga Koptseva said that Kiev had avoided the discussion of such issues as prisoners of war, Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge and Zolotoye crossing point.

She also said that LPR, at the meeting in Minsk on 20 September, suggested opening a crossing point in Schastye and that OSCE coordinators praised the proposal.

LPR People’s Militia representatives Lieutenant -Colonel Andrey Marochko said that LPR People’s Militia was ready to ensure people’s safety if the crossing point was opened on the contact line in Schastye area.

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 — 05 October — Lugansk