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Russian side still blocks Donbas checkpoints since November 2020

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian side provided buses for the transfer of the citizens through the demarcation line
12:56, 24 February 2021

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Ukraine has provided buses for the transfer of the citizens through the demarcation line at Zolote and Shchastya checkpoints; however, the Russian side has refused to open these checkpoints as the Ukrainian delegation at the Trilateral Contact Group reported on Telegram.

“Starting from February 24, Ukraine has provided buses for transfer of the citizens through the demarcation line at Zolote and Shchastya checkpoints. We have been waiting for the response of the Russian side for a week…The Russian side has refused to open the checkpoints from its side one more time,” the message said.

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Today, since 07:40 a.m., a white bus is expecting at the Shchastya checkpoint and a yellow bus at Zolote checkpoint.

The Ukrainian side stated that the 'representatives of the Russian delegation cannot distinguish the difference between actions and words’ and reminded that the admission of the citizens through the checkpoints are blocked by the Russian side since November 10, 2020.

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According to the press service, the delegation expects the proper estimation of such a ‘decision’ from the side of the states-partners and international humanitarian organizations.

As we reported, in Donetsk region, the service center was opened at Novotroitske checkpoint. All citizens of Ukraine on either side of the contact line will be able to get social and administrative services, legal aid and use Nova Poshta and Oschadbank services at the service center.

 

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