28 October 2016

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OSCE reports access denial in Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement area

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has said its observers have limited access to the disengagement area near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska as parties to the conflict cannot guarantee their security.

"Only limited access for OSCE SMM to Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement area – UAF, "LPR" have failed to guarantee SMM's security [possible mines]," the OSCE SMM wrote on Facebook.

"SMM is ready/able to monitor, but needs access. JCCC should assist in ensuring safe and unhindered access for SMM, co-ordinate demining," the report says.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Tripartite Contact Group on September 21 signed a framework agreement on disengagement of forces and hardware along the contact line. The document stipulates that the condition for the start of the disengagement in the areas of Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote, and Petrivske should there be a truce for seven days in a row.

Volunteer recon discover Russian armour in 'demilitarized' area (Photo)The agreement says that the withdrawal shall be carried out by moving the forces and military hardware back from their positions on both sides in order to create disengagement areas, usually not less than two kilometers wide and two kilometers deep. At this, the very process of disengagement shall be monitored by the OSCE SMM.

The forces were disengaged in Zolote on October 1, and in Petrivske on October 7.

The withdrawal of the troops in Stanytsia Luhanska was scheduled for Sunday, October 9.

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