Putin offers Ukraine to disengage troops along the entire demarcation line in Donbas

The President of the Russian Federation stressed that the speedy withdrawal of troops is necessary to stop the deaths in the conflict zone
10:14, 15 November 2019

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Ukraine and illegal armed groups in the Donbas must disengage troops along the entire demarcation line in Donbas. Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced this opinion at the end of the BRICS summit, RBC reports.

"You see, it’s necessary to disengage troops along the entire demarcation line so that at least the guns don’t shoot so that people don’t die," Putin said.

He emphasized that the parties to the armed conflict in the Donbas should do this as quickly as possible.

Related: Ukrainian troops to return to their positions if Russia breaches disengagement in Donbas, - Defense Minister

As it was reported earlier, the OSCE SMM confirmed the completion of the separation of forces and equipment in area No. 3 near Petrivske village in Donbas.

On Wednesday, November 13, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry and representatives of illegal armed groups confirmed the completion of the withdrawal of forces in this area.

Related: Prystaiko speaks on disengagement of forces in Donbas

Ukraine's signing of the Steinmeier formula is a condition for participation in the summit in the Normandy format. The implementation of the Steinmeier Plan should be preceded by the withdrawal of troops in Donbas in three areas, followed by a larger-scale troop deployment along the entire demarcation line.

The Normandy Four highest level meeting may take place on November 24 or 26. This was reported by DT.UA with reference to a source, close to the President's Office.

Related: Date of Normandy Summit can be discussed after completion of disengagement of forces in Donbas, - Peskov

Besides, demining of territories in Bohdanivka and Petrivske has begun. Mine clearance started on November 13. As of 15:30, 0.07 hectares were surveyed.

Pyrotechnics were able to find and neutralize six explosive devices.

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