First checkpoint to occupied territory finally opened in Lugansk Region today. Now residents can cross the contact line and get to the territory controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. The checkpoint was opened in Stanytsia Luhanska. Before locals could get to Lugansk only through Donetsk Region or via Russia.
The checkpoint opened today can only serve pedestrians, so it’s not possible to drive there. The head of Lugansk Regional Military-Civil Administration George Tuka personally arrived to the checkpoint to see how it works.
After crossing the checkpoint people can get on bus and travel into two directions, to Bilovodsk and to Severodonetsk. Near the checkpoint there is also an open market and a department of State Bank “Oschadbank”
It’s hard to overestimate the opening of the checkpoint as there was no single official checkpoint in Lugansk Region for a long time. That was because of several reasons. First of all the contact line in Lugansk Region goes along the river. The bridges were destroyed and at the places where it was still possible to go there were fights all the time. The checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska is for pedestrians only because the bridge is still destroyed. We also plan to open logistics center in Novotoshkivske and that will probably become fully operational checkpoint. We are also thinking about possibility to open checkpoint near Zolote.
– George Tuka
After talking to people at the checkpoint George Tuka said that the people mostly interested in the procedure of getting a pass.
We are running information campaign explaining how to get a pass. Every time me, border guards and Security Service of Ukraine were emphasizing that people should get pass. We said many times that it will be possible to go through the checkpoint only for those who have a pass. Nobody will compromise on that.
The head of administration of Stanytsia Luhanska Yuriy Zolkin said that state registries were unblocked in the city. So now it is also possible to get inheritance, do real-estate deals and other legal documents there.
Reported by Lugansk Regional State Administration at www.facebook.com/odalug
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