Protest against withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from Volnovakha
16:01, 5 October 2016

Protest against withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from Volnovakha

About 200 people demanded to keep the government troops in this area of Donetsk region

16:01, 5 October 2016


Residents of Volnovakha, Maryinka and Mariupol held a meeting in Volnovakha, 112 Ukraine TV channel’s correspondent said. Some 200 people were present. They oppose the idea to withdraw Ukrainian forces from Bohdanivka village in Donetsk region, as it may open the road for Russia-backed militants to Volnovakha.

The meeting went calmly and peacefully; in the end, the activists voiced out their demands addressed to President Petro Poroshenko, sang the national anthem and left.

SMM OSCE is constantly monitoring and verifying the process of disengagement on the approved sections for the division of the parties to the conflict in accordance with the framework agreement, singed on September 21 in Minsk. The three sections 2 x 2 square meters were defined to be created near villages of Zolote, Petrivske and Stanitsya Luhanska. The effect of a treaty may be applied to other sections of the battlefront, however they are to be defined during further consultations.

The agreement works only particularly as Russia-backed militants continue to attack Ukrainian positions, using, in particular, mortars and artillery. In Zolote, the Ukrainian forces already withdrew, while in Petrivske and Zolote, the process was sabotaged by the militants.

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