The stance of Ukraine's representatives at the Minsk talks have again bespoken Kiev's unwillingness to reconstruct Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.
"The Kiev's side has again exhibited unwillingness to discuss the reconstruction of the ruined Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge," she said.
According to Kobtseva, Ukrainian representative in the group Irina Geraschenko claimed that Kiev "stands for the reconstruction from the political point of view", though the ICRC supervising the project "should coordinate it with the minister of 'occupied territories' Vadim Chernysh".
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.