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 Troop withdrawal outside Petrivske failed as militants fired grenade launchers, - Staff

Today's withdrawal of troops outside Petrivske village in the vicinity of Mariupol was disrupted by militants who first launched a drone and then attacked Ukrainian positions with grenade launchers and small arms.

Censor.NET reports citing the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) Staff press center.

As noted, at 3 p.m. Oct. 3, the Ukrainian military deployed outside Petrivske village in the area of Mariupol were ordered to move out to certain positions under the disengagement agreement, with OSCE observers, JCCC officials and Mariupol sector command being in place to monitor the process.

Immediately thereafter, the opposing side launched an UAV. Neither the Ukrainian side nor the OSCE launched drones, the statement reads.

After that, from 4:02 p.m. till 4:08 p.m., Ukrainian positions outside Petrivske were attacked with automatic grenade launchers and small arms. This attack was recorded by representatives of the OSCE and the JCCC, while the troop withdrawal was thwarted.

Read more: Observers' work in Petrivske hampered over mines, - OSCE

"The Ukrainian side, determined to strictly implement the Minsk agreements and despite an immediate threat to the life of the military, did not return fire.

"Thus, the Ukrainian military are steadily fulfilling their commitments under the framework agreement on disengagement of troops and hardware," the press center concluded.

Read more: Situation in Donbas aggravates, disengagement plan at risk, - ATO spokesperson. MAP

Earlier, the framework agreement on disengagement of troops and hardware was signed in Minsk on Sept. 21.

As stipulated by the document, the OSCE SMM performs permanent monitoring and verification of disengagement of troops and hardware in agreed areas. Stanytsia Luhanska and Zolote in the Luhansk region and Petrivske in the Donetsk region are the first three settlements where the disengagement is to take place.
 
 
 
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