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Ukraine ready to fix demolished bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska, - Marchuk

The Ukrainian envoy in Minsk talks group said it may be arranged even if Russia and its occupant forces in Luhansk region do not provide any security guarantees
18:10, 14 March 2019

Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine’s Representative to the Trilateral Contact Group
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The Ukrainian government may repair the bridge over Siversky Donets river in Stanytsia Luhanska, even if Russia and the Kremlin-controlled occupants of so-called 'Luhansk people's republic' do not provide any ceasefire and security guarantees. Yevhen Marchuk, the official representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group said this as quoted by Radio Liberty.

'We stated that if the Russian side and the leaders of the 'republics' do not agree on certain issues like the width of the bridge and the means necessary to fix it... if there are no agreements, then Ukraine is ready to start repairing this bridge on the unilateral basis - under the document that Russia signed in March 2014,' he said.

Related: Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint's main power supply source temporarily off grid

According to him, Ukraine could fix the bridge so that its capacity holds the vehicles up to five tons of weight. This means the military vehicles would not be able to cross it after the repair works are over.

So far, the Russian side provides no security guarantees for the maintenance crews. 

The bridge over Stanytsia Luhanska was blown up in early 2015. The only entry-exit checkpoint in Luhansk region lies nearby; currently, the locals cross the remains of the destroyed bridge on foot.

Related: Norwegian ambassador checks operation of Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint in Donbas

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