Ukraine says no disengagement in Petrivske on Nov 4, sees such statements as provocation

11:48, 04 November 2019
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Ukrainian members of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) in Donbas have said statements made by Russia-controlled occupying authorities regarding plans to launch the disengagement of troops and weapons in the village of Petrivske, Donetsk region, on November 4 is an act of provocation.

The JCCC members mentioned a number of media reports that appeared on November 3 that the occupying authorities were ready to start the disengagement of troops and weapons at site No. 3 'Petrivske' on November 4, as a sign of which they were going to launch a white signal rocket at noon Kyiv time on November 4.

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"In this context, statements made by representatives of the occupying authorities regarding their intentions to launch the process of the disengagement at the No. 3 site are nothing but another act of provocation and storytelling meant for the international community," the press center of Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation said on Facebook with reference to Ukraine's part of the JCCC.

"Thus, presenting the imaginary things as desired, the leaders of the self-proclaimed quasi-formations do not comply with the Minsk agreements and the obligations undertaken within the Trilateral Contact Group to establish a stable ceasefire along the entire contact line," it said.

The Ukrainian side of the JCCC emphasizes that according to the OSCE SMM's October 31 report, the latest violation of the ceasefire by Russian-controlled illegal armed groups within the No.3 Petrivske site was recorded on October 30.

Under the Minsk agreements, the OSCE SMM's verification of compliance with a full seven-day ceasefire is the condition for the launch of the disengagement of troops and weapons, it said.

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