February 20 set as new deadline for withdrawal of banned arms in Donbas

21:52, 15 February 2017
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The Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the Donbas crisis agreed in Minsk on Wednesday that February 20 is a new deadline for the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line, according to Channel 112 Ukraine.


"It has been agreed today that all the weapons proscribed under the Minsk agreements should be withdrawn by February 20," Ambassador Martin Sajdik, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, said at a briefing broadcast by Channel 112 Ukraine.

Read alsoUkraine at Minsk talks insists on disengagement in occupied DebaltseveUNIAN memo. The Trilateral Contact Group on February 12, 2015, signed a package of measures to implement the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas. Among the measures were a ceasefire and the withdrawal of all heavy weapons by both sides to create a 50km buffer zone for artillery systems whose caliber 100mm and larger, a 70km buffer zone for Grad multiple rocket launchers and a 140km buffer zone for Tornado-S, Uragan, Smerch multiple rocket launchers, and Tochka U tactical ballistic missile systems.

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