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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's Office says four new disengagement sites in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, have been agreed upon at a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas settlement.

Read alsoZelensky's Office chief comments on idea of "special status" for Donbas"In principle, the TCG has agreed on the next four disengagement sites. The security team is tasked to develop a detailed plan and finalize a draft supplement to the framework decision of the Trilateral Contact Group on disengagement dated September 21, 2016," the Office said on September 2, following a TCG meeting in the format of a video conference.

Disengagement in Donbas: background

  • Disengagement of forces and weapons of the Ukrainian army and the Russian Federation's armed formations took place near Stanytsia Luhanska in June 2019, in vicinity of Zolote in late October, as well as near Bohdanivka and Petrivske in November.
  • Leaders of the Normandy Four countries (Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia) during the summit in Paris on December 9 supported the agreement within the TCG on the disengagement of forces and weapons at three more sites.
  • In August 2020, the decision was reached with regard to four new disengagement sites in Donbas at a TCG meeting in the format of a video conference with the participation of the new head of the Ukrainian delegation, Leonid Kravchuk, and the first deputy head of the delegation, Vitold Fokin.