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Foreign Ministers of Benelux countries visit Joint Forces Operation area

Source : 112 Ukraine

The foreign delegation made a trip to the entry-exit checkpoint Schastia
16:06, 7 May 2021

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium Sophie Wilmès, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Stef Blok and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn have visited Luhansk region in the area of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO). This was reported by the press service of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

In particular, the foreign delegation made a trip to the entry-exit checkpoint Schastia. The event was also attended by Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar, the leadership of the Joint Forces and the head of the region.

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The foreign ministers inquired about the regulations of the checkpoint, the procedure for carrying out control and inspection operations, the level of passenger traffic, and the difficulties that citizens face when crossing the demarcation line.

Thus, the ministers were informed that for seven months of the operation of the checkpoint in Schastia, Russian mercenaries did not allow anyone to enter the temporarily occupied territory or leave it. The foreign delegation was also informed that Russian mercenaries often resort to provocations.

For their part, the foreign ministers assured that they would definitely convey truthful information about the situation in Donbas to the European community and expressed full support on behalf of their governments.

During the past 24 hours, on May 6, 16 violations of the "ceasefire regime" were recorded in Donbas, and five more were since the beginning of the current day, on May 7. The day before, two soldiers were killed and another was wounded in the shelling.

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