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"The Ukrainian military have completed the first stage of the withdrawal of military equipment and arms in the Donetsk area," he said.

According to Lysenko, the Ukrainian army has withdrawn tanks from the demarcation line to certain areas of concentration over the last day.

"In case of violation of the Minsk agreements by the illegal armed groups, our soldiers are ready to come back, take their positions and give a fitting rebuff to the enemy," Lysenko said.