Zelensky: Disengagement of forces near Petrivske to start on Nov 4
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the disengagement of forces and weapons in eastern Ukraine's Petrivske will start on November 4 if ceasefire sustains in the area.
"If everything is quiet in Petrivske for a week – a seven-day ceasefire is required – then we should start disengagement in Petrivske on November 4," Zelensky said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Kyiv on Oct 31, following a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission.
The president says he has no doubt that a meeting of the Normandy Four leaders will take place, "if all parties want and strive to meet in the Normandy format because the main result [should be] an agreement to end the war."
As UNIAN reported earlier, at 12:00 on Oct 29, the process started of the disengagement of forces in the area of Zolote-4.
Troops and weapons must be withdrawn 1 km to the rear on both sides, while the whole process must be completed within 30 days.
The Joint Forces Operation Headquarters emphasized that Ukraine did not surrender any territories during disengagement, and that the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not leave a single settlement.