29 September 2020, 12:14



Zolotoye checkpoint daily capacity to reach 9,000 people, 70 cars - Ministry

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LUGANSK, September 29 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Daily capacity of the crossing point, currently under construction in the Zolotoye area, will reach 9,000 people and 70 cars, Lugansk People’s Republic acting Construction and Housing and Utilities Minister Tatyana Buryak said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“The Pervomaisk-Zolotoye crossing point will provide a daily capacity of 9,000 people and up to 70 vehicles,” Buryak said. “The Spetspromservis multi-business company is the project contractor.”

“Preliminary works have been completed; road works, plumbing, communications wiring and land improvement are underway and furniture and equipment are being bought,” she said.

A water well has been drilled; the works are ongoing to build a water supply system, a cesspool and a firewater pond, the official said.

Specialists have begun to install modular containers to accommodate all necessary services, Buryak added.

The LPR is developing the crossing points on the contact line in the Schastye and Zolotoye areas under the accords reached at the Minsk talks on July 11.

The Republic suggested opening the crossing point in the Schastye area back in 2017. The OSCE praised the initiative, but until recently Ukraine has been manipulating its commitments on the checkpoints in the Zolotoye and Schastye areas and put a brake on preparations for launching them.

Currently there is only one official checkpoint on contact line in the LPR area of responsibility in Donbass. It is located in the vicinity of the bridge across the Severskiy Donets river in Stanitsa Luganskaya. A temporary conduit was built after the bridge was 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 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.

Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 reforms in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 29 September — Lugansk