Disengagement in action: Ukrainian troops pulling back near Stanytsia Luhanska in Donbas
Units of Ukraine's armed forces have left one position before the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint as part of the first phase of disengagement in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.
"At noon today, the Ukrainian military withdrew from one of the positions that was in front of the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint. Everything was happening under the supervision of OSCE representatives on both sides [of the contact line with Russia-occupied Donbas]," the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Headquarters said on Facebook on June 26.
Commander of Ukraine's Joint Forces Oleksandr Syrsky was monitoring the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops and weapons. According to him, this is the first phase of disengagement on the outskirts of Stanytsia Luhanska.
By a signal of flares sent up by the Ukrainian side and the occupation forces, the Ukrainian military left certain positions designated by the OSCE.
"It is not yet known whether the enemy has withdrawn its troops; representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission have already been following on this," the JFO HQ said.
The JFO HQ is awaiting the arrival of Ukraine's envoy to the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group Leonid Kuchma to continue disengagement to reach the lines stipulated in the Minsk peace agreements.
As UNIAN reported earlier, seven Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in hostilities in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on June 25 as Russia-led forces mounted 32 attacks on Ukrainian positions.