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 No demilitarization for Shyrokyne as progress looms ahead, ex-Defense Minister Marchuk says

Ukrainian representative to the security sub-group of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, the former Defense Minister Yevhen Marchuk said an agreement had been reached on withdrawal of tanks and artillery of up to 100-mm caliber.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing Den' newspaper.

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"The security sub-group and the Russian side agreed on withdrawal and verification of heavy weapons along the entire demarcation line. These are two lines of 389 km each," Marchuk said.

"The Trilateral Contact Group confirmed the result in the presence of the OSCE chief. Now a preparation for signing is to follow. According to the new OSCE coordinator Martin Saydik, this is the first positive result of the working groups. We are talking about withdrawal of tanks, artillery of up to 100-mm and mortars of up to 120-mm 15 km away from each side to create a 30-kilometer security zone along the entire demarcation line of 389 km, including Shyrokyne," he said.

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"But the demilitarization of Shyrokyne has not been agreed upon, although there is some progress. No much elation here, because there is still a signing procedure including a preliminary one-two-day expert examination, as well as signatures, except for Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE, and mandatory visas by Zakharchenko and Plotnitskiy. They were not present at the summit, only their representatives attended. And the most important thing is how this agreement will be followed by that side," Marchuk said.

 
 
 
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