Donetsk militants announce completion of first phase of troops’ withdrawal

Source : 112 Ukraine

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16:43, 3 October 2016

112 Agency

According to the information resource of the militants, the withdrawal of armed forces of the so-called Donetsk republic near the Petrivske village to the south of Donetsk completed.

"The troops of the self-proclaimed militants’ Donetsk region left the previously occupied position, moving 2 km south to the Petrivske village that was inspected by the OSCE SMM observers a few days earlier. They moved together with the personnel and weapons: ammunition, small arms and wheeled vehicles - a truck Ural and two infantry fighting vehicles", reads the report.

Related: Dilution of forces specified by OSCE took place near Zolote town, - press officer

Deputy Commander of Donetsk Operational Command Eduard Basurin also said that the demining of the Petrivske area should start on Tuesday.

At the same time, the headquarters of the anti-terrorist operation claim that despite the signed Framework Agreement on withdrawal of forces and weapons in the Donbas region, the Ukrainian military record daily attacks by Russia-backed militants on Petrivske and Stanytsia Luhanska.

Related: OSCE: SMM observers are limited in movement in Donbas

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) reports about the obstacles in the work on the part of the militants. The OSCE also continued to note the lack of security forces in the area near Zolote. Zolote is one of the three points (except Petrivske and Stanytsia Luhanska), in which the parties agreed to withdraw the troops and armory 2 km further.

Related: Deputy Head of OSCE SMM inspects disengagement area in Donbas

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