Ministers of foreign Affairs of France Jean Ayrault and German Frank Steinmeier, who arrived to Ukraine with the aim to convince the authorities to start a real political settlement in the framework of the Minsk agreements, the whole day was taken to Donbass. Drove gently — Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. Like the ATO area, but nearest the front line of 30 kilometers, you can get it from Gorlovka, only multiple rocket launchers “Smerch”.
“To tell you how it all happened and what our effort is, to add to our European friends for more emotions. That’s the main reason why we are here” — so described the purpose of bringing distinguished guests to Slavyansk accompanying the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.
The locals joke that now though, the reason became clear a two-year renewal with reconstruction of destroyed Semenovsky bridge. Slavyansk contrary to the General opinion in 2014 was not destroyed, and some victims of the house was restored under the previous mayor — Oleg Zontova. But the suburb of Slavyansk Semyonovka, where he was the main position of the militia, was just swept by artillery from the face of the earth during the fighting.
The bridge on the highway Kharkiv—Rostov — the main attraction of the Northern part of Donbass. He still stands with milled farms, and crossing the river is on a pontoon bridge and rolled on the trucks and APCS earth detour. Further, over the bridge, along the road — a scenic view of the destroyed homes, the greenhouse and a plant for the production of garden gifts. On the background of the ruins are the merchants and continue to sell typical German porcelain gnomes, bright turtles and hedgehogs with mushrooms.
The view here is very terrible and crazy — a feeling that you’re in a combat zone. And very local this kind. Because to view other ruined place in the Donetsk region, European Ministers have had to ask permission from the authorities of the breakaway Republic. This place in Donetsk, on the ruins of the Putilovsky bridge near the airport. But there are dwarves there, and still occasionally shoot, and a Slavic war ended more than two years ago. Already and the school in Semenivka the local authorities have built, and houses are patched, but the large state objects to touch can’t. Where large state money, in Ukraine everything is always difficult.
We can say that the place which Governor Zhebrivskiy could leave the shame to resign, suddenly became the attraction.
But destruction is Ministers showed the center of psychological rehabilitation of local residents in Slavyansk and brought to mingle with members of special monitoring mission of the OSCE in Kramatorsk. Here guests waited for the main surprise. Per night public organization “Patriot” managed to bring together activists from nearby cities and mothers of prisoners on picket. Gathered quite a lot — about 70 people, not counting the press.
“We learned that going the foreign Ministers of Germany and France on the eve 23.00 — told the head of group Oleg Kotenko. — It’s a miracle how much he had to convene. Germany currently holds the presidency of the OSCE, so pay attention to the fulfillment of the agreements on the exchange of prisoners, reached in Minsk, we just had”. However, the Ministers of the picket came out, but came Pavlo Klimkin and Irina Gerashchenko.
Whether the effect of the arrival of Ministers in Kramatorsk, it will become clear in the coming months. If the truce will last more than a week, if next week will reach agreement on the withdrawal of troops in the three agreed areas of the front line, if will begin the withdrawal of heavy equipment to the storage location.
As it became known to the correspondent “MK”, OSCE mission in Donbas extended in Mariupol rent hotel rooms for another year. Looks like fast results no waiting.