Latest from eastern Ukraine: A step towards ceasefire: Forces disengaged in one more Donbas area (photos)

16:30 Oct. 7, 2016

A step towards ceasefire: Forces disengaged in one more Donbas area (photos)

Disengagement of forces in eastern Ukraine (UNIAN photo)

Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed militants withdraw forces from the contact line between the villages of Bohdanivka and Petrivske in Donetsk region

The disengagement of forces and hardware has been successfully held near the villages of Bohdanivka and Petrivske close to the contact line in Donetsk region, according to Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman for Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) issues Andriy Lysenko.

"At 11:00 local time on Friday, the forces and hardware of Ukrainian and enemy troops were successfully disengaged in the area of Bohdanivka and Petrivske in the Mariupol direction," he said.

According to Lysenko, the ATO forces withdrew one kilometre to the west and took new, earlier prepared positions.

Lysenko also noted that the withdrawal process was verified by the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) to Ukraine.

The Trilateral Contact Group on September 21 signed a framework agreement on withdrawal of forces and hardware from three sectors along the contact line.

The document stipulates that the condition for the start of the disengagement in the areas of Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote, and Petrivske shall be a truce for seven days in a row.

Reported by UNIAN

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