The statement reads: "Oct. 5, the Luhansk region, all sector units almost simultaneously started withdrawal of tanks and artillery under 100 mm, stipulated by international peace agreements. Two days before, soldiers were preparing military equipment for redeployment, determined their further positions at the 15-kilometer distance from the front line, and arranged all-round cooperation.
"Within 41 days, T-64 and T-72 tanks, D-48 and D-44 85-mm anti-tank guns, and 2B-9 82-mm mortars were deployed in certain areas throughout the entire ATO area.
"At the same time, soldiers in the area are given up to 14 days to remove the above hardware.
"The march of a tank unit of the 24th Separate "Iron" Mechanized Brigade from its combat positions to the north of the demarcation line was observed by representatives of the OSCE and journalists of both foreign and domestic media," the statement notes.
Major Yurii Madiar, tank battalion interim commander comments: "This morning I was ordered to march, and in a few minutes everything was ready to start off. At the same time, I would like to note that the new locations were chosen in such a way that in case of deterioration of the situation on the front, we will be quick to help the infantry. Therefore, we will always be ready for active combat operations."
According to him, during the preparatory phase, they planned primary and alternative routes as well as anti-sabotage measures to be taken both while on move and at the new positions.