29 December 2016, 17:23



UN official inspects LPR crossing point in Stanitsa Luganskaya area (PHOTOS)

UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine office chief Oktam Gaziev inspected the operation of the LPR crossing point in Stanitsa Luganskaya area.

UN representatives also saw the warming center launched in early December, the checkpoint and the bridge and recorded the aftermath of Kiev forces shelling.

LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego, LPR representative in Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva and LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko accompanied Gaziev and UN observers.

The UN human rights monitoring mission led by Oktam Gaziev visited Stanitsa Luganskaya,” Kobtseva said.

“They observed compliance with international norms, inspected the bridge section (damaged by Kiev forces – eds Lugansk Media Centre) and contact line crossing conditions,” she said.

“They entered the warming center, saw the impact of Ukrainian shelling and recorded it, and watched crossing point operation,” Kobtseva added.

The UN mission did not make any complaints or recordings of human rights violations at LPR checkpoint, she said.

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.

Up to six thousand people cross the bridge daily.

In November, the ICRC said it is to provide and tool up trailer houses to set up warming centers at the LPR crossing point.

Acting first deputy LPR Council of Ministers chairman, Head of the Emergency Ministry Sergey Ivanushkin reported earlier that the bridge has been inspected, estimates and construction plans prepared.

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 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 29 December — Lugansk