23 October 2016

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Ukraine says ceasefire fails in Stanytsia Luhanska, names withdrawal conditions

Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman for Anti-Terrorist Operation Andriy Lysenko has claimed violations of ceasefire by pro-Russian militants in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska and named the conditions for the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops, an UNIAN correspondent reports from a Kyiv briefing.


"The ceasefire in Stanytsia Luhanska did not last a week. Yesterday, the militants again fired on our positions from the opposite side of the Siverskiy Donets River," he told reporters.

Answering the question regarding possible conditions for disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanytsia Luhanska, Lysenko said: "First of all, there shall be a ceasefire for seven straight days. After that; one more day to notify the OSCE SMM, which monitors this area, on paths and new sites of redeployment of forces and hardware; and up to three days for the redeployment of personnel and equipment."

Volunteer recon discover Russian armour in 'demilitarized' area (Photo)As UNIAN reported earlier, on October 10, Governor of Ukrainian-controlled areas in Luhansk region George Tuka announced that the militants had started rolling back their troops.

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.

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.

Ukraine's envoy: Disengagement in Donbas doesn't mean armisticeThe 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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