Russia decided to withdraw its representatives from the Joint Center for Control and Coordination in Donbas (JCCC) on December 19. This was stated by the press service of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"The further work of the representative office of Russian Federation Armed Forces in the JCCC became impossible. On December 19, 2017, Russian officers of the Center will leave the territory of Ukraine," the message says.
This decision was made in connection with the new order of entry to Ukraine and the introduction of a duty to inform of the intention to visit the country in advance in electronic form for Russian citizens scheduled for January 1, 2018.
The Joint Center for Control and Coordination is a group to monitor compliance with the Minsk Protocol, which includes representatives of the Ukrainian and Russian sides, as well as the fighters of the “LNR” and “DNR” militants. The Center started its work on September 26, 2014 in Soledar, Donetsk region.
Earlier the OSCE SMM also reported that the Ministry of Defence of Russia intends to withdraw the Russian Armed Forces officers from the Joint Center for Control and Coordination in Donbas.
It is noted that the OSCE SMM received a letter from Russian Ministry of Defence, saying that they would withdraw their officers from the centre.
“On 14 December, the Ukrainian Armed Forces representative to the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) in the JCCC headquarters in government-controlled Soledar (79km north of Donetsk) shared with the SMM a letter from the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation informing Ukraine that the Russian Federation would withdraw its Armed Forces officers from the JCCC,” the report says.