Disengagement to take place if ceasefire regime is observed, - Defense Minister

The attacks from small arms also considered being the violation of the ceasefire
12:41, 18 October 2019

Andriy Zahorodnyuk
Open source

The disengagement of the forces and means in Zolote and Petrovske will take place only if the attacks stop, including shelling from small arms as 112 Ukraine reported citing Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodnyuk during Question Hour to government.

The Defense Minister answered such questions of the MPs:

Whether the attacks from the small arms will be considered?

The absence of the violations of the ceasefire regime in the area of the disengagement of forces includes the absence of the attacks from the small arms.

Whether the proper positions are prepared; where Ukrainian military should be disengaged? What are the conditions for the stay of the military at these positions?

The detachments deployed within the disengagement areas got the tasks on the organized and step-by-step engagement of the frontiers and positions outside the disengagement areas. The restoration of the fortifications will be held by engineering units.

Why do we talk about the restoration? Because we held these positions in 2016. They were prepared in 2016; their restoration is almost finished now. Moreover, the chief department of the operational support organized the supply and issuance of the materiel from the field stores to provide the construction of the fortification in the areas of division. The issue is only about two areas.

Related: Militants break ceasefire in Zolote, Petrivske where disengagement was to take place, - Olifer

The disengagement will take place step-by-step; the positions were prepared in advance, with prepared trench systems and passageways, with equipped shelters for personnel, places for accommodation and proper conditions for the implementation of the military tasks.

In case of the necessity to return the detachments of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the starting positions; how quick the redeployment may take place and in which way? How quick and for what funds the restoration of the engineering structures will take place?

…The decision is made on the creation of the module towns for the residence of the personnel. The first supply of the constructions of the module type is planned for December 2019.

 How the defense of the civilians from the diversion intelligence groups, attacks will take place? Whether the police units will be able to perform unusual duties?

The defense of the civilian population in the disengagement zone will take place in correspondence with the current legislation and it will be provided by the National Police and other security forces in coordination with the military city administration. The detachments of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be kept ready for immediate response to the violations of the agreements on the division of forces and in case of the attacks, they will engage the positions according to the set tasks.

Related: Medvedchuk: Disengagement did not happen because of Ukrainian authorities

As we reported earlier, on October 1, the sides agreed on the beginning of the disengagement of the forces in Zolote (Luhansk region) and Petrovske (Donetsk region) during the Trilateral Contact Group session.

However, on October 9, the clash took place between the police officers, volunteers, and veterans who want to enter Zolote to prevent the disengagement of forces at the checkpoint in Kreminna, Luhansk region.

The Office of the President confirmed the delay in forces’ separation in the area of Zolote, which was supposed to start a week ago.


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