People in the military uniform with whom President Volodymyr Zelensky communicated in Zolote, are not representatives of any of the security agencies or Armed Forces of Ukraine. They stay in the area of the Joint Forces Operation illegally as the HQ of the Operation reported on Facebook.
“These people stayed in the private house and represented themselves as volunteers. However, they are not the representatives of any of the security agencies or Armed Forces of Ukraine who are authorized to stay and act in the area of the Joint Forces Operation,” the message said.
The HQ noted that according to the law “On the peculiarities of the state policy on the provision of the state sovereignty of Ukraine in temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions”, the categories of people, who may stay in the JFO zone with the weapons are clearly defined.
“People who communicated with the president do not belong to any of such categories and it means that they stay in Zolote with weapons, illegally violating the mentioned law on the JFO and it gets the proper legal assessment,” the JFO HQ concluded.
As we reported, President Zelensky came to Donbas after return from Japan. He stays in Zolote, Luhansk region for the second day.
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.