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 Washington supports agreement to withdraw weapons under 100-mm in Donbas, - US Department of State

The U.S. Department of State supports President Petro Poroshenko's initiative to call on Russia and Kremlin-controlled mercenaries to sign an agreement on withdrawal of weapons under 100-mm caliber in the east of Ukraine.

This was announced by Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State Mark Toner at a daily briefing in Washington, Censor.NET reports citing the official website of the Department of State.

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"We strongly support President Poroshenko's call to sign an agreement on the withdrawal of heavy weapons under 100 millimeters in caliber in eastern Ukraine, and we urge all sides to implement such an agreement immediately," Toner said.

The official said the U.S. welcomed Ukraine's recent steps to ensure Mariupol's defense and stabilize Shyrokyne.

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"We call upon Russia and the separatists it supports to cease their aggression and implement their Minsk commitments, including a full cease-fire, unfettered access to the OSCE special monitoring mission, as well as the withdrawal of foreign troops and equipment and the establishment of Ukrainian control of the international border and the release of all hostages," Toner said.

As reported, the agreement to withdraw weapons under 100 mm, mortars, and tanks from the demarcation line is expected to be signed not later than Aug. 3 and implemented within 10 days.

 
 
 
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