Ukrainian troops withdraw from Severodonetsk Triangle - source


Ukrainian forces are leaving the so-called Triangle (Rubezhnoye-Severodonetsk-Lisichansk), a source in the LPR People's Militia told Lugansk Media Center.

"According to available information, numerous Ukrainian troops are pulling away from the so-called Triangle. I won't go into details not to compromise the operational environment. Hopes are they will act like in Kremennaya, where they just left," the interlocutor said.

"Further on they will encounter many "surprises", and they know it. It makes me believe that we'll see further mass surrender to the peacekeeping force," he added, apparently referring to the Russia-led coalition of forces in Ukraine.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in Donbass to protect residents of the region from Ukrainian aggression and called on Ukrainian troops to leave the combat zone. Earlier, the Heads of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin, requested Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide military assistance.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014.  The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large caliber artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn from the contact line under the accords. *t

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