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 Troops withdrawal prepared by Ukrainian side, prevented by militants’ attacks, - Staff

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready for disengagement of troops and hardware in the Donbas in accordance with the framework decision adopted by the Trilateral Contact Group. However, the attacks committed by the militants on the Ukrainian troops positions near Stanytsia Luhanska Nov. 1 and 2 prevented it.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) Staff based on the information submitted by Major General Borys Kremenets, the head of the Ukrainian side of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the cease-fire in the Donbas (JCCC).

"The Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready to implement the framework decision of the Trilateral Contact Group on disengagement of troops and hardware in the Donbas. However, the attack on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed on the night of Nov. 1 closed the door to the activities aimed at disengagement of troops near Stanytsia Luhanska scheduled for the next day.

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"The subsequent attacks on our positions in Stanytsia Luhanska on Nov. 2 reconfirmed the reluctance of the "LPR" leadership to fulfill its commitments. The "LPR" militants were firing upon our positions with 82 mm mortars (banned by the Minsk agreements), AGS grenade launchers, RPGs, weapons of infantry fighting vehicles, and small arms for about four hours," the statement reads.

The artillery strike on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Krymske village using BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers was called another evidence of cease-fire deal breach by the "LPR". About 30 rockets launched from the outskirts of the village of Smile impacted the Ukrainian troops' positions.

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The working group of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission will be reported to on all cases of truce breach.
 
 
 
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