The governor of Donetsk region says no to keeping the checkpoints open 24/7
9:30 / 15 Jul. 2016 / 72
The issue of processing the checkpoints were discussed during the meeting of Toni Frisch, the Ambassador and the OSCE special representative-coordinator of the subgroup on humanitarian affairs in Minsk, and Pavlo Zhebrivskyi, the Head of Donetsk State Administration.
-In the conditions we have along the contact line to keep the checkpoints open 24/7 is dangerous. The checkpoints are perfect targets if only turn on the light there. “Zaytsevo” and “Novotroitskoe” checkpoints are constantly under the fire, so the security component predominates over the inconvenience, – Pavlo Zhebrivskyi said.
Besides Zhebrivskyi stressed that today there’s no possibility to open another checkpoint in Donetsk region. He concluded it after examination of all the routes and directions along the contact line. By now, Regional Administration together with the anti-terrorist centre consider the possibility of shifting Zaytsevo checkpoint to Mayorsk, and from Novotroitsk to Berezove. This will reduce the territory of the “gray zone”, however will not make the situation better. The only way out is to open the checkpoint in Luhansk region.
Toni Frisch, in turn, noted that no significant progress for many months regarding the launch “Zolote” checkpoint (Ukrainian side opened it at the end of March).
As reported, the Yuri Garbuz, the head of the Luhansk regional military-civilian administration, hopes to solve the problem with ‘Zolote’ in one or two months. “I understand that the political price of the issue of opening the checkpoint slightly decreased, therefore increasing the chances for its opening”, – he said.