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Ukraine to open second checkpoint at border with occupied territories in Luhansk

Source : 112 Ukraine

Zolote checkpoint will be opened in the morning of March 24
18:19, 22 March 2019

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The Ukrainian side intends to open the checkpoint Zolote in Luhansk region at the border with occupied territories on March 24. This checkpoint should facilitate the work of Stanytsia Luhanska, the only checkpoint in the region as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Iryna Gerashchenko, the representative of Ukraine at Trilateral Contact Group.

“Zolote checkpoint will be opened on Sunday morning,” Gerashchenko reported.

In his turn, Ukraine’s representative at the Trilateral Contact Group Yevhen Marchuk reminded that the opening of Zolote checkpoint was provided by Normandy Four decision in Berlin in 2016.

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According to him, the issue of the opening of this checkpoint was raised a few times at the sessions of the Trilateral Contact Group.

“There were different arguments, even absurd, not to open Zolote checkpoint,” Marchuk noted.

He also said that the Ukrainian side repeatedly held all necessary engineering and technical works: demining, repair, clearance of the roadside; it prepares people for work (doctors, border guards, other specialists), preliminary informing the other side, first of all Russians, about the readiness to open Zolote.

“The Ukrainian side spent over $260,233 for these preparation works,” Marchuk said.

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He specified that almost 135,077 people live on both sides of the demarcation line near Zolote checkpoint: 77,000 at the side controlled by Ukraine and over 57,000 at the opposite side. According to him, almost 38,000 people per day pass six working checkpoints.

According to the predictions of Marchuk, the number of people, who will pass all checkpoints on Easter and memorial days, is going to increase to 50,000 people per day.

“By opening Zolote we simplify the pass for people,” he emphasized.

Checkpoint Stanytsia Luhanska is situated in 120 km from Zolote and Mayorske is in 80 km.

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The previous attempts of Ukraine to open Zolote checkpoint ended unsuccessfully due to the constant refusals and obstacles of the militants.

As we reported the entry-exit checkpoint Novotroitroitske in Donbas was closed for 24 hour.

Earlier, all checkpoints at the boundary line in Donbas switched to the spring work schedule from March 1, and the new schedule was established.

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