Donbas war: Minsk: Ukraine demands Debaltseve back to make disengagement possible

19:54 Nov. 23, 2016

Minsk: Ukraine demands Debaltseve back to make disengagement possible

Russian militants in Debaltseve (by

Withdrawal of forces in Donbas is possible if Russian proxies return to already agreed demarcation line

During the safety subgroup session of the Trilateral group in Minsk Ukraine has once again raised the question of returning to the demarcation line of September 19, 2014, according to which the town of Debaltseve should be under control of Ukraine.

"Further implementation of the framework decision on the disengagement of forces and equipment may occur after the demilitarization of Debaltseve," Darka Olifer, the spokesperson of Ukraine's envoy to the Minsk talks Leonid Kuchma informed.

If Russian proxies would comply the regime of silence, disengagement of forces near the village of Stanytsya Luhanska can be carried out starting on November 26, 2016.

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Also Trilateral contact group decided to ask Victor Medvedchuk and representatives of militants about perspectives of release of Ukrainians, illegally detained by Russia and its proxies.

In the economic subgroup Ukraine delivered a number of important issues, like absence of agreements on water supply, which Kyiv still gives to militant-held areas, and opening the new checkpoint village of Zolote, which is still under militant fire.

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