The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Martin Sajdik, has said he is impressed by the pace of the repair of a bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River in Stanytsia Luhanska, according to a press statement posted on the OSCE website after the TGG meeting in Minsk on October 15.
“At the end of last week I spent two days in the east of Ukraine. In particular, I got a first-hand update on the situation in Stanytsia Luhanska. I was impressed by the pace of the repair works at the bridge across the Siverskyi Donets river,” Sajdik said.
The diplomat recalled that a temporary bypass bridge was opened there on October 4. “I personally walked across it and was able to observe the restoration of the broken span of the main bridge,” he said.
“I witnessed the great achievement that facilitates crossing the line of contact for civilians. Let me remind you that the launch of the repair works was preceded by three years of negotiations. I regret to say that I cannot give a positive assessment of adherence to the ceasefire, as the number of violations has recently risen sharply,” Sajdik said.