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Zelensky's office announces delay in separation of forces in Zolote

Source : 112 Ukraine

Deputy chairman of the Office of the President of Ukraine denied concerns about potential inability to provide security for local residents in case of troops’ withdrawal
09:48, 15 October 2019

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The deputy chairman of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Yuriy Kostyuk, confirmed the delay in forces’ separation in the area of Zolote, which was supposed to start a week ago, Hromadske reported.

"As far as the separation of the forces is concerned, worries are understandable. Moreover, I want to say that this issue is now postponed. In order for it to happen, certain conditions are required: there must be a permanent ceasefire for a certain number of days, which did not happen," Kostyuk said.

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At the same time, he denied concerns that it would not be possible to ensure the safety of local residents in the case of Ukrainian troops’ withdrawal.

According to Kostyuk, Ukrainian police and other law enforcement agencies are active in Stanytsa Luhanska, where the forces have already been disengaged.

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.

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