PRESIDENT OPENED A BRIDGE IN STANYTSIA LUHANSKA
During a working trip to Luhansk Oblast, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited EECP «StanytsiaLuhanska». The Head of State got himself acquainted with the process of reconstruction of the bridge crossing over the Siverskyi Donets river, where the local residents cross the contact line.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy was informed that all construction work had been completed and that the bridge was to be opened in two days. The President instructed to open the crossing today.
«We thank the OSCE, our close friends - the Ambassadors of Germany, France, representatives of all the countries who come here and see what we are doing step by step. From promises - to real actions. We built this bridge; we built the road. To tell you the truth, this is a difficult job», ‒ he noted.
According to the Head of State, reconstruction of the bridge is a landmark mission that demonstrates the real actions of the Ukrainian authorities.
«Today is a really important day for us. Four months ago, we came here and there was no high-quality road, no buses, people couldn't get there normally, there was no bridge. This is very symbolic. Because this (reconstruction of the bridge - ed.) is one of the humanitarian missions of the Ukrainian authorities and our close partners», ‒ emphasized Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Together with the President, the Ambassadors of Germany and France, as well as Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the Trilateral Contact Group Martin Sajdik got themselves acquainted with the completion of the reconstruction of the bridge.
Recall that restoration and opening of the bridge was planned until November 27.
The restoration of the crossing in the area of Stanytsia Luhanska is part of Ukraine’s international obligations to improve the humanitarian situation on the contact line.
On July 7, as part of a working visit, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Stanytsia Luhanska and passed the zero position of the Ukrainian Armed Forces going more than half a kilometre deep into the delimitation zone andreached the destroyed bridge.
On September 2, the President announced the restoration of the bridge. This happened after the checkpoint was dismantled for the crossing, which is controlled by the Ukrainian military.
On September 15, builders began to pave the road from the bridge in the direction of EECP.