Moskal to step up controls over demarcation line in Luhansk
Chairman of Luhansk Regional State Administration Hennadiy Moskal is to tighten controls over the demarcation line in order to prevent its unauthorized crossing by pedestrians and vehicles following a sharp increase in militant attacks, Moskal’s press service reported on his official Web site on Tuesday.
"The corresponding decree was signed "in connection with a sharp increase of the militant aggression against the settlements along the demarcation line on the territory of Luhansk region controlled by Ukraine, as well as the constant penetration of enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups," the report said.
According to the document, the Ukrainian servicemen and law enforcement officers are required to take comprehensive measures to prevent the unauthorized passage of pedestrians through the demarcation line from the Ukrainian-controlled Stanytsia Luhanska and Shastya to militant-controlled Luhansk.
In addition, a dilapidated ferry crossing across the Siverskiy Donets River between the villages of Lobacheve and Zhovte should be decommissioned by May 28, as the pedestrians have periodically tried to transfer or smuggle goods there.
"Persons who try to illegally cross the demarcation line will be detained and transferred to the police department for checking and will face administrative penalties," the report says.
"Today, only one crossing point - in the village of Simya - is operating across the demarcation line in Luhansk region," Moskal said.
"This checkpoint is constantly attacked by the Russian-backed militants. On Sunday, the militants fired mortars and damaged the water main that provided the occupied territories with water. In addition, on Monday, four Ukrainian soldiers were injured as a result of the shelling from automatic grenade launchers. If the militants continue to fire on the village of Simya, this checkpoint will also be closed," Moskal said.