Ukrainian President's Office: Disengagement of forces in Zolote postponed
Deputy Head of the Ukrainian President's Office Yuriy Kostyuk says the disengagement of troops in the town of Zolote (Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine) is impossible without a sustainable ceasefire, so the consideration of the issue has been postponed.
"Fears with regard to the disengagement are perfectly understandable. Moreover, I'd like to say that [the resolution of] this issue has been postponed. Certain conditions are required to this end. There must be a sustainable ceasefire for a certain number of days," he told the Ukrainian news outlet Hromadske on October 14.
According to Kostyuk, Ukrainian police and other law enforcement agencies have been deployed in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, where military have already been withdrawn. So, there are no grounds to say there will be no one to ensure safety of local residents in the area after Ukrainian troops withdraw.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian mercenaries, in violation of the Minsk accords, deliberately shelled the disengagement site near the town of Zolote, using an 82 mm mortar.