Disengagement in Stanitsa takes up to three days - JCCC (PHOTOS)
LUGANSK, June 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The disengagement of forces and hardware in the Stanitsa Luganskaya zone will take up to three days, said LPR representative at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) Roman Ivanov.
The disengagement was agreed to at the Minsk talks on September 21, 2016. The framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass provides for the disengagement in the designated areas outside Petrovskoye, Zolotoye and Stanitsa Luganskaya. The sides are expected to pull back forces to form demilitarized zones no less than 2 km deep and 2 km wide. Any advance to the safety zones is banned as well as any presence of military personnel, arms, equipment, mines; shelling, jamming and activities restricting the OSCE SMM patrols’ freedom of movement.
The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye, Zolotoye areas in 2016, while in Stanitsa Luganskaya the process has been impeded by the Ukrainian side by more than two years.
Only the 81st attempt to disengage forces has turned out to be successful as the sides began withdrawing forces on Wednesday, June 26.
“LPR People’s Militia has embarked on the disengagement. White signal flare was fired at noon, green signal flare was launched at 12.15 p.m. The OSCE SMM is monitoring the progress simultaneously on the both sides,” Ivanov told journalists at the Stanitsa Luganskaya checkpoint.
"The process is expected to take up to three days ... Upon its completion the LPR People’s Militia will notify the SMM," he said.
Earlier on Wednesday the OSCE SMM issued a statement saying that the Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine, Yaşar Halit Çevik, had welcomed the willingness expressed at a recent meeting of the Contact Group to disengage from the agreed area in Stanitsa Luganskaya.
Additional SMM patrols have been dispatched to the area of Stanitsa Luganskaya, where they are observing the security and humanitarian situation, and stand ready to monitor and verify the disengagement process on both sides of the contact line. The Mission is also conducting remote observation with cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles.
LuganskMediaCentre — 26 June — Lugansk