Ukrainian Joint Forces Commander, General Volodymyr Kravchenko has said the disengagement of troops and weapons in the village of Petrivske may start on November 8, but only if there is a full ceasefire.
"We have already sent a letter to the OSCE [the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe]: we are starting on November 7, we will be in fact disengaging forces on November 8 if there is no violation of the ceasefire," he said at a briefing on Monday, the Ukrainian news outlet 112.ua reported.
In turn, chief of the Ukrainian team of the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire and stabilization along the contact line in Donbas Colonel Oleksandr Borschevsky said the latest shelling of Ukrainian positions near Petrivske was recorded on October 29 and October 30. Therefore, it will be possible to start the disengagement of forces only seven days after, in case the truce is observed.
In this case, the verification of the ceasefire should take place on November 7, and the withdrawal of forces will begin on November 8.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian members of the JCCC said statements made by Russia-controlled occupying authorities regarding plans to launch the disengagement of troops and weapons in Petrivske on November 4 was an act of provocation.