Russian-backed forces have disrupted the disengagement of troops near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska in Donbas.

"The Russian occupation forces have once again disrupted the disengagement of troops near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, having opened fire from small arms at 22:00 on June 16. The Joint Forces adhere to their commitments to ensure the decisions of the Trilateral Contact Group," representative of the press center of Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation (JFO), Senior Lieutenant Mykola Bondarchuk, said at a briefing on Sunday.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, during a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on June 13, the Ukrainian side said the ceasefire should be observed within seven days for the disengagement of troops and military hardware near Stanytsia Luhanska.

UNIAN memo. The Trilateral Contact Group's Framework Decision on the disengagement of troops and weapons along the contact line in Donbas was signed on September 21, 2016. The document mentions three local settlements – Zolote, Petrovske and Stanytsia Luhanska. The sides managed to disengage their forces and military hardware in Zolote on October 1, 2016, and in Petrovske on October 7, 2016. Disengagement near Stanytsia Luhanska was scheduled for October 9, 2016, but it failed because of shelling by the Russian occupation forces. Another deadline for Stanytsia Luhanska was set on March 5, 2018, but it also failed.