Militants sabotage division of forces in Stanytsia Luhanska, - Ukrainian general

The pro-Russian rebels hold tactical position in that area, which gives them advantage over Ukrainian troops, and they don’t want to lose it, Borys Kremenetsky says

15:19, 11 January 2017

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The division of troops and vehicles in Stanytsia Luhanska area, Luhansk region, is sabotaged by pro-Russian militants. Prince Ihor’s Mountain, where militants hold their positions now, is really comfortable and advantageous in terms of combat tactics.

Borys Kremenetsky, Ukrainian army general, the leader of the Ukrainian side of the JCCC, the Joint Control and Coordination Centre, said this in his interview with Ukrainska Pravda outlet.

‘The Russia-backed militants hold positions on the top of Prince Ihor’s mountain; that’s the height, which provides good visual control over the area. If the troops are withdrawn, they’ll have to leave these positions. Thus, they would lose tactical advantage in this area. So I guess that’s the reason why the division of troops is being thwarted every time,’ Kremenetsky said.         

As 112 International reported, Stanytsia Luhanska is one of the three areas designed for division of forces of the conflicting parties to the Donbas conflict. Under the 2016 framework agreement, OSCE SMM monitors the situation and verifies the division process in these sectors of the combat area. In Pervomaiske and Zolote, the process is complete by now, but in Stanytsia Luhanska, it is constantly violated. OSCE observers still have no access to these three areas in Donbas.

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