MOSCOW, 1 Jul — RIA Novosti. On Saturday in the Donbass was to begin the withdrawal of forces and weapons in three “hot spots” on the frontline. However, for various reasons he only started in one point of the three — Golden village, Luhansk region. At the same time, the parties have accused each other in the regular violations of the cease-fire.
The contact group on settling the situation in Ukraine on 21 September in Minsk signed a framework decision on the dilution of forces and means of the parties to the conflict in the Donbass. The withdrawal of forces was to begin with three settlements: Petrovskoye in the Donetsk region, as well as the village of the Luhansk and gold in the Luhansk region – the parties emphasized that this sort of pilot point, and in case of success, the experience of these settlements will be extended to other towns.
The decision of the Trilateral contact group stipulates that power will be taken away from the contact line for 2 kilometers, and after that disputed points can be only the officers of the Joint center for control and coordination.
On the eve of the party said that the withdrawal of forces will start on 1 October at 11.00 (Moscow time and Kiev are the same).
However, on Saturday forces managed to take only one point from the three — city Golden unrecognized LNR.
“On the outskirts of the Golden city have been breeding for certain representatives of the OSCE specific benchmarks. After the appropriate signal military personnel serving at observation posts, moved away on certain lines. Pre-soldiers carried out the explanatory work among the local population, warned them that they did not leave, not leave, and guarantee safety. Also representatives of OSCE mission confirmed that on the other side also saw the withdrawal of troops by a prescribed distance. The number of personnel they do not tell” — said the press-Secretary of the military operation of Kiev in the direction of Lugansk Valentin Shevchenko in comments to television channel “5 channel”.
Stanitsa Luganskaya, LPR
In the second locality the self-proclaimed LNR, where he was to be a withdrawal of forces — the Village Lugansk — the withdrawal has not even begun. For more than two years this town to the North of Lugansk is one of the hottest spots of confrontation between security forces and militias, and it was not clear how they will be able one day to reach a truce at this point.
The failure of the agreements, security officers accused the militias.
The official representative of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine on the military operation Andrei Lysenko said at a briefing in Kiev that rebels “brazenly violated the agreement about the establishment of the ceasefire and disengagement of forces near Stanitsa Lugansk” and fired “rocket-propelled grenades at the positions of Ukrainian troops.”
The people’s militia self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s Republic said that Kiev declared unwillingness to take the forces and means in this area.
Meanwhile, the representatives of the security forces expressed his skepticism about the reality of the disengagement of forces and ceasefire in this strategically important point.
“I don’t know how it would be a challenge, for example, in the Village of Lugansk. I heard the report of the speaker of anti-terrorist operations that the Village was attempting attacks of sabotage and reconnaissance groups. It is therefore possible that the Village will be removed from list or suspended,” said Thursday the Minister of Ukraine on the occupied territories Georgy Tuka on air of TV channel “Еспресо.TV”.
The head of Lugansk regional military-civil administration (appointed by Kiev) Yuriy Garbuz added that “in the Village you can’t do that”. “If we move a kilometer, we give the locality, if we move further North, we give up all Happiness and TES is the only energy supplier in the region,” said Garbuz, the TV channel “112 Ukraine”.
Similarly failed to begin withdrawal of forces in the village of Petrovsky, Donetsk region, although the DNR ready for it — to the place of profit representatives of the militia and numerous journalists. However, after a long wait the Deputy commander of the operational command of the self-proclaimed DND Eduard Bacurin announced that on this day the withdrawal of forces will, according to him, Ukrainian security forces had not received appropriate orders from their commanders, and the DNI unilateral withdrawal can not go.
“Tonight we expect from the representatives of the JCCC (joint centre for control and coordination of the ceasefire — ed.), information about whether the order of the Ukrainian side about the beginning of withdrawal of forces in the Petrovsky district. After that is agreed upon the date and time of withdrawal of forces and means in the Petrovsky district,” — said Basurin.
“Haven’t started Petrine to withdraw, but they will. Have to see how it should function,” said the head of the Donetsk military and civil administration Pavel Zhebrivsky the TV channel “112 Ukraine”.
Meanwhile, on Saturday morning, i.e. before the beginning of the withdrawal, and during the day, the parties continued to trade accusations of violation of fire.
Ukrainian security officials said about fixing 17 cases of violation of silence regime in Donbas in the past Saturday.
“Over the past day in the fighting no one Ukrainian soldier was killed and two soldiers were wounded during enemy shelling in the area Avdeevki”, — said Saturday morning at a briefing the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine on the military operation Andrei Lysenko.
In turn, representatives of the DNI and LC announced that security forces continue to pull to the demarcation line military equipment.