13:32 Oct. 2, 2016
Russian-backed proxies say "we won't withdraw our forces until Ukraine is ready"
Russian-backed separatists in Donbas don't want to leave their strongholds near the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Petrivske as it is provided by the latest Minsk framework arrangements.
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"We noticed the fact of their troop withdrawal yesterday regarding the village of Zolote. Regarding Stanytsia Luhanska and Petrivske, we record enemy shelling every day. According to the framework agreement, there should be 7 days of a complete cease-fire, which is not happening right now", Bohdan Senyk, head of the PR department of Ukraine's Armed Forces, commented for 112 TV Channel.
The framework agreement was signed by the representatives of Ukraine, OSCE and Russia. The so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics" are not direct parties to the Minsk deal, signed on September 21, 2016, that's why they easily break the agreement.
"Under the agreements, militants should leave the higher ground in the area of Stanytsia Luhanska, where their strongholds are based. It's not convenient for them. This is a reason for their constant provocations", Bohdan Senyk added.
Alexandr Zakharchenko, the leader of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR"), previously stated "DPR" won't pull back their forces and military equipment from the village of Petrivske, as it was agreed upon by the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk until the Ukrainian army performs it.
"We refused to withdraw our armed forces only because Ukraine is not ready to. Until it is ready, we won't withdraw", Alexandr Zakharchenko told Russian news agency Ria Novosti.