Disengagement in Donbas does not affect security situation, - Ukraine's Defense Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

It actually aims to solve humanitarian issue for the locals; the economic situation in depressive areas is improving, Andriy Zahorodniuk said
12:02, 10 February 2020

Minister of Defence Andriy Zahorodniuk

The ongoing disengagement in Donbas does not significantly affect the security situation; that is more like a way to solve humanitarian problems for the locals. Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk reported that as quoted by Radio Liberty

"The disengagement does not entirely change the security situation because if there's political will on the other side to escalate the conflict, two kilometers will make little difference. It's not an issue for snipers or sabotage groups", Zahorodniuk said. 

The division of forces along the entire disengagement line contradicts the Minsk agreement, the official said.

"Minsk agreements claim that the foreign military formations should leave Ukraine, and the illegal military formations must disarm and be dismissed", the Minister added.

Related: Donbas: Ukraine insists on disengagement of forces in four new sections, Russia offers six

The disengagement aims for solving the humanitarian issue for the locals, as the economic situation in depressive areas is improving, Zahorodniuk said.

"It took place in three points of disengagement. We don't see that the situation worsened or improved in terms of combat actions as a result of disengagement. The disengagement makes sense (that's what we talked about during the Normandy talks in Paris) in terms of humanitarian point of view. The transitions, the checkpoints improve the economic situation, facilitate the resuscitation of the economy; resuscitating life in these depressive areas in general... Definitely, there's some progress in Stanytsia Luhanska because there's communication, a bridge is rebuilt, and the locals could live and buy stuff there", the Minister explained.

Currently, three checkpoints are being prepared for the opening - in Stanytsia Luhanska, Novoselivka II and Hnutove. The opening depends on the course of negotiations in Minsk.

Related: Ukraine opposes disengagement of forces all over division line in Donbas, - Defense Minister


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