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OSCE Secretary General states need to open new checkpoints on Donbas demarcation line

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian law enforcement officials assured OSCE representatives of readiness to ensure the passage of citizens through the contact line
12:33, 30 May 2021

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid together with First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova got acquainted with the situation at the Novotroitske checkpoint. This was reported by the press service of the State Border Guard Service.

So, during their visit to the checkpoint, Shmid and Dzhaparova got acquainted first of all with the existing infrastructure for safe and comfortable crossing of the demarcation line.

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Ukrainian law enforcement officials have assured their readiness to ensure the passage of citizens through the demarcation line.

At the same time, the border guards informed that the Russian occupation troops let people through the road corridor where the Novotroitske checkpoint is located only twice a week, while significantly limiting passenger traffic.

After visiting the Novotroitskoye checkpoint, Schmid stressed the need to open new checkpoints.

"At the Novotroitske entry-exit crossing point I saw efforts made on the government controlled side to help people cross the line of contact. Urgently need to ensure freedom of movement, including opening up new and existing crossing points," she wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Russia may ban OSCE monitors from its border with Ukraine in two months.

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