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 Russian militants refuse to withdraw troops from Petrivske, - OSCE

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission's (SMM) access was restricted in all three designated disengagement areas in the Donbas.

A senior armed "DPR" member told OSCE SMM he was not prepared to withdraw his personnel from Petrivske, Censor.NET reports citing the latest update by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine based on information received as of 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4, 2016.

"From "DPR"-controlled Petrivske, the SMM was prevented from proceeding west, towards Bohdanivka, due to the presence of mines as a Russian Federation Armed Forces officer of the JCCC was not present on the spot to co-ordinate demining and assist in ensuring safe access," the observers noted.

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

"The armed "LPR" members at the "LPR" checkpoint south of the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska informed the SMM that armed "LPR" members were ready to withdraw 1km from the river banks. According to them, the checkpoint is planned to remain in the current position within the disengagement area. The SMM did not have access to the railway bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska from any side," the statement reads.

Read more: Troops withdrawal may take place in Petrivske on Oct. 7, Stanytsia Luhanska - Oct. 9

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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