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Donetsk: Plan for first stage of disengagement in Donbass prepared

Leaders of the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky. Photo: cont.ws

Military command of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has drafted a plan for the first since the beginning of the conflict withdrawal of forces and arms from the village of Petrovskoye in the south of Donetsk. The country’s Defense Ministry reported on September 27.

“We have an exact plan for withdrawal of forces and arms. It has been approved inside the country. The document meets the framework agreement,” a representative of the ministry said. Earlier, the ministry said that for the first time during the entire period of the conflict in Donbass, disengagement will start on October 1-3 depending on the situation on the engagement line.

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As EADaily reported earlier, the heads of the DPR and LPR, representatives of Ukraine, OSCE, and Russia signed one more framework agreement on disengagement of troops and arms in Donbass. The document determines the process of the disengagement on the three pilot areas: Stanitsa Luganskaya, Zolotaya (Lugansk region) and Petrovskaya (Donetsk region).

The disengagement must take no more than 30 days. The disengagement zone for each side must be at least 2km wide and 2km deep. The disengagement must be synchronous and in the presence of the OSCE observers. After the forces are pulled back, the entry of the military to the given areas in Donbass will be banned. Only observers of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the Ceasefire will be monitoring the area.

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