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 Russian militants refuse to withdraw troops from Stanytsia Luhanska, construct new checkpoints, - OSCE

The Russian invaders refuse to disengage troops and hardware from the occupied area near the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska. The "LPR" militants also established new checkpoints there.

Censor.NET reports citing the latest update by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 7:30 p.m., Oct. 3, 2016.

The report reads: "In "LPR"-controlled areas of the Stanytsia Luhanska bridge, the SMM saw 10 armed "LPR" members, with four machine-guns (7.62 mm), one heavy machine-gun (12.7 mm), and one rocket-propelled grenade launcher (AG-7) at the northernmost "LPR" position on the bridge.

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"Near the bridge, the SMM saw a newly established checkpoint located outside the disengagement area, some 500 m south of the Prince Ihor monument, staffed by three armed "LPR" members. At the "LPR" checkpoint at the beginning of the bridge, the SMM observed the departure of three armed "LPR" members who had previously staffed the northernmost position on the bridge. They were carrying a folded black flag and towing a small covered trailer.

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"Later, the SMM saw the northernmost position was staffed by new armed men. The SMM saw that the previously observed main container "office" had been removed from the bridge. Late in the afternoon, the Russian Federation JCCC officer told the SMM that the armed "LPR" members would not withdraw from the bridge on Oct. 3," without providing an explanation," the message reads.

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As reported, Sept. 22, the Tripartite Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas signed the framework decision on disengagement of troops and hardware of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the armed groups of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine from the demarcation line at three security areas near Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske within 13 days (by Oct. 6).
 
 
 
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