Ukrainian army begins withdrawal of Grad multiple rocket launcher systems
The next stage of the withdrawal of artillery systems from the demarcation line under the agreements reached in Minsk on February 12 will begin on Thursday, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation has reported.
In particular, the Grad multiple rocket launcher systems will be withdrawn from the demarcation line to prepared positions.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on February 12, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande held talks in Minsk to resolve the conflict in the Donbas.
Following the talks, the parties approved a package of measures aimed at the implementation of the Minsk agreements of September. In addition, the leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and the Russian Federation adopted a declaration in support of these measures.
In addition to other provisions of the new agreements reached by the "Normandy Four" leaders on Thursday, February 12, the parties agreed on the withdrawal of all heavy weapons by both parties at equal distances in order to create at least a 50-kilometer security zone for 100mm or larger caliber artillery systems, a 70-kilometer security zone for Grad multiple rocket launcher systems and a 140-kilometer security zone for Tornado-S, Uragan, and Smerch multiple rocket launcher systems and Tochka (Tochka-U) tactical missile systems:
- for the Ukrainian troops: [withdrawal] from the actual contact line;
- for the military units of individual areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine: [withdrawal] from the contact line in accordance with the Minsk memorandum of September 19, 2014.