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LUGANSK, October 29 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The disengagement of forces and hardware began in the Zolotoye settlement area at 13:00 on Tuesday.
Ukrainian forces and LPR People's Militia fired white and later green flares (at 13:15 and 13:16, respectively), to signal the beginning of disengagement, the LPR People’s Militia said.
“Although we were informed about Urkaine’s readiness less than two ours before the beginning of disengement, we had been on standby since October 7, which is the date agreed at the Contact Group meeting on October 1,” Deinego said. “So we seized the first opportunity as soon as Ukraine informed about its readiness. Finally, we made Ukraine begin the elimination of violations in the Zolotoye security zone.”
The LPR and Ukraine fired white flares first to signal their readiness for disengagement, and then the green ones to show that the beginning of the pullout of forces and hardware.
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission representatives recorded the launch of the signal flares.
LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk in September 2016 initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three security areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). The disengagement has been completed in all three areas by now, however, Ukraine deploys manpower and hardware in Zolotoye and Petrovskoye in violation of the agreements.
On October, 9, 10 and 11 Kiev failed three attempts to disengage forces and hardware on the contact line in the Zolotoye area. Ukrainian natioanalistic formations set on resisting the disengagement arrived in the town. Later on, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky ordered Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to ready a special unit to clear Zolotoye of nationalists.
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.
The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.