ATO HQ: Truce disrupted, no conditions for withdrawal of arms

13:15, 20 February 2017
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Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) press officer Leonid Matiukhin says that despite agreements to withdraw all heavy weapons from the demarcation line in Donbas by February 20, the Russian occupation forces have already carried out five attacks from midnight, according to TV Channel 112 Ukraine.


There are no prerequisites for the withdrawal of weapons and the introduction of a ceasefire along the contact line, he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 62 times on Sunday, February 19, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action and one as wounded in action.

Read alsoGas, heat supplied to Avdiyivka residents, water available on schedule – regional governorThe Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the Donbas crisis agreed in Minsk on February 15 that February 20 is a new deadline for the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line.

UNIAN memo. The Trilateral Contact Group on February 12, 2015, signed a package of measures to implement the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas. Among the measures were a ceasefire and the withdrawal of all heavy weapons by both sides to create a 50km buffer zone for artillery systems whose caliber 100mm and larger, a 70km buffer zone for Grad multiple rocket launchers and a 140km buffer zone for Tornado-S, Uragan, Smerch multiple rocket launchers, and Tochka U tactical ballistic missile systems.

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