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Ukraine to provide green corridor to Russian troops withdrawing from Transnistria
08:05, 7 November 2016
Ukraine to provide green corridor to Russian troops withdrawing from Transnistria

Ukrainian and Moldovan Defense Ministers agreed green corridor over the territory of Ukraine

08:05, 7 November 2016

 

mil.gov.ua

Urkaine is ready to provide the “green corridor” for evacuation of the Russian troops and ammunition stationed in the village of Cobasna in the unrecognized Transnistria. The correspondent decision was agreed by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak and his Moldovan counterpart Anatol Salaru, reported by the Moldovan news daily Deschide.

"We have discussed the creation of a special corridor for Russian soldiers, who are in Transnistria and for the weapons and ammunition stored at Colbasna. I was officially informed that the Ukrainian side is ready to prepare a corridor for the evacuation of Russian troops and weapons. We agreed that our experts will be sent to Ukraine to develop the technical side: to examine ways out of Moldova, entrance in Ukraine, where they will be able to circulate. After that we will inform OSCE, because we want this operation to be under the aegis of OSCE and UN. We will have another official meeting to finalize the discussions and approve the steps to take in the operation of withdrawal of weapons from Transnistria by the end of this year. We will call upon international institutions to put pressure on Russia to withdraw its troops and army. We provide all the paths: sea, land and air," announced Salaru.

Related: Poltorak: Minsk agreements put Debaltseve as Ukrainian territory

Anatol Salaru declared that ammunition from Colbasna is an enormous danger for the Republic of Moldova, as well as for Ukraine and Transnistria

The Minister of Defense stressed that Operational Group of Russian Forces has a contingent of 1,200 troops, less than 1,000, of which only 500-600 are professional soldiers. In fact, the Russian Federation has resorted to a trick and changed the peacekeeping troops, which officially came to Moldova with OGRF troops. Thus, the Russian military could accomplish rotation. To the rotation contributed also the recruitment of Transnistrian population.

Related: Poltorak: Ukraine aims to become major non-NATO ally of the U.S.

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