Pro-Kremlin occupants claim that they would not resume the work of Zolote entry-exit checkpoint because the adjacent areas that they hold under control are currently wired. Yevhen Marchuk, the representative of Ukraine in Minsk trilateral talks group said that on Monday morning, as Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.
'They say they aren't ready [to open the checkpoint] because their side is not cleared of mines yet. So you could not disarm them - after three years?', Marchuk said.
He expressed confidence that any unit of Russian combat engineers could clear the mines in several days.
According to the Ukrainian official, this issue will be brought up on the Minsk group session on March 27. 'Explain this to the world; why won't you agree to open Zolote?', Marchuk asked.
Apart from that, he condemned OSCE's position for the lack of action in this regard.
On early March 24, the Ukrainian side resumed the work of the checkpoint in the unilateral order. The other side, namely the militants, could not provide safety guarantees for the civilians crossing the division line.