Arms withdrawal to start near Luhansk, – ATO staff
Primarily, 82 mm mortars and 73 mm SPG-9 are to be removed from the contact line
In Luhansk region, removal arms caliber of less than 100 mm will be held in two stages and will start from Stanytsia Luhanska, announced Ruslan Tkachuk, speaker of the antiterrorist operation in the Luhansk region.
"Firstly, 82 mm mortars, and then 73 mm SPG-9 are to be removed from the contact line. At every stage we will act in coordination with the OSCE. Execution of protocols of Minsk agreements Ukrainian side will conduct in presence of the press. Therefore deadline is October 2 under the condition of complete silence. Recall that time needed to take down a mortar is up to 3 minutes", said Tkachuk.
Yesterday evening, self-proclaimed leadership of so-called "LPR" declared on joining the Minsk agreement, previously signed by representatives of the OSCE, Russia, and Ukraine, which regulate the removal of tanks and artillery of caliber less than 100 mm in two days from the date of ratification.
On September 29, tripartite contact group in Minsk signed the agreement on withdrawal of small-caliber weapons from the contact line with Russia-backed militants in Donbas. Later, Andriy Lysenko, President’s administration speaker on the ATO, announced the arms removal to start in Luhansk region.
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