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Ukrainian troops to return to positions they took in 2016, - Khomchak

The disengagement of forces is supposed to be a mirror-like action, Chief of General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces insists
20:14, 8 October 2019

the Head of Armed Forces General Staff Ruslan Khomchak
Unian

Due to the disengagement of forces in Donbas conflict area, fighters of Ukrainian Armed Forces will return to positions that they held three years ago, in 2016. Ruslan Khomchak, the Chief of General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces said so as quoted by the government web portal.

"New positions of the Ukrainian military will be where they were in 2016, when the disengagement of forces in the said area first took place. The units of Ukraine's Armed Forces will keep controlling the situation", he said.

The disengagement of forces is supposed to be a mirror-like action, Khomchak insisted.

Currently, the Ukrainian side takes steps to disengage troops in Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske. The process will be taking place gradually, in two stages: the actual disengagement of troops on both sides, and the dismantling of engineering constructions, as well as further mine clearing. Donetsk regional state administration reported that on Tuesday.

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As of October 8, phase one is complete in Stanytsia Luhanska. The dismantling of fortifications is yet underway.

The disengagement is conducted within the range of 1 km from the division line; it is supposed to be carried out by both warring sides.

The said three sections are 3 km in total length, with 410 kilometers of the common division line.

The Armed Forces are technically ready for disengagement; the new positions are being prepared for several weeks now.

Related: Donetsk regional administration reveals plan of disengagement of forces in Donbas

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