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OSCE SMM in Ukraine Head welcomes beginning of disengagement of forces in Petrivske, Donbas

OSCE SMM deployed additional patrols, along with stationary cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles
19:41, 10 November 2019

Halit Cevik, new head of OSCE SMM in Ukraine
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OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine welcomes the beginning of the withdrawal of forces and equipment from the demarcation zone in Petrivske area in Donbas. This was stated by head of mission Yaşar Halit Çevik, the press service of the OSCE reports.

The mission reaffirmed its commitment to monitor and verify the disengagement process after the SMM recorded how the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as militants, left the demarcation zone with weapons.

“Additional SMM patrols were deployed, along with stationary cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles. We welcome any steps towards progress and are ready to help,” Çeviksaid.

Related: JFO headquarters explain disengagement of forces process in Bohdanivka and Petrivske

Disengagement of forces and resources in Petrivske settlement located in Donbas caused a positive response from Russian authorities. This became known from the statement of Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation in the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas conflict settlement Boris Gryzlov as TASS informs.

"Today Kyiv and Donetsk sides started synchronous correct of violations on the area of forces separation near Petrivske. The Russian delegation, as the mediator of the Minsk process, welcomes this development," Gryzlov said. 

The Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation in the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas conflict settlement expressed an opinion that "Kyiv will not be trying to disrupt the implementation of disengagement" and the separation will finish successfully. 

Before the disengagement had already happened in this region but "the next implementation was disrupted by Ukrainian side" and the time of the following disengagement was rescheduled because of Ukraine. 

As we reported earlier, the Armed Forces of Ukraine and representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's militants launched signal missiles that means the start of the disengagement on November 9. 

Related: Ukraine's military HQ rules out new disengagement in winter due to weather

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