The withdrawal of Russian officers from the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) could worsen the humanitarian situation in the Donbas. This was stated by the Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons George Tuka in Twitter.
"The withdrawal of Russian Federation from the SCCC will lead to the deterioration of humanitarian situation in Donbas and is aimed solely at making Ukraine legalize the "power" of the occupants. They will not succeed,” he wrote.
As it was reported earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry said that because of Kyiv's obstruction to the work of the Russian soldiers in the JCCC, they will leave the territory of Ukraine on December 19.
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.
In its turn Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is indignant at the unilateral decision of Russia to withdraw the military of Russian forces from the Joint Center of Control and Coordination.
‘We treat this unprecedented step of Russia as another provocation that substantially disrupts the Minsk Agreements and the striving to relieve of any responsibility for the consequences of the military aggression against our state. Such step proves one more time that Moscow perseveres in its attempts to force Ukraine and the international partners to begin a direct dialogue with the militants of the illegal military formations that act at the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine under the total control and resounding support of Russia’, the message said.