Head of the Donetsk regional military and civil administration Pavlo Zhebrivskyi wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.
"As for the disengagement of troops and hardware at the section of the front between Bohdanivka and Petrivske: the troops withdrawal has just been launched here. The agreement stipulates that each side must withdraw its troops one kilometer away from the contact line on Sunday.
"I would like to comfort the residents of the Donetsk region: nothing scary is going on at all. This territory remains under the control of the Ukrainian government, our scouts keep it under the surveillance and the OSCE continue monitoring it. If the aggressor violates the agreement, our combat-ready troops will occupy their former positions just in 10 minutes and take control of the territory. But I very much hope that there will be no need to do so," he explained.
"The disengagement of troops is the right action that will help stop killings of our soldiers. It's so sad and painful for me to read the daily reports on our soldiers being killed and injured. Therefore, if there is any possibility to avoid such casualties, we must make every effort to achieve it.
"Our scouts will definitely have more work and face greater risk but we have to make progress in reduction of tension and establishment of peace. And I very much hope that our soldiers will not be killed and we will stop receiving sad reports on casualties from the front line at least in these areas," Zhebrivskyi summed up.
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).