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Kiev confirms plans to complete heavy weaponry withdrawal by March 7 — DPR envoy

March 03, 2015, 12:44 UTC+3
Prisoner swap will be discussed at the next Contact Group meeting in the nearest future
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MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. Kiev has vowed to complete heavy weaponry withdrawal from the disengagement line in Donbass by March 7, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) envoy in the Contact Group on Ukraine Denis Pushilin told TASS on Tuesday.

"The main result of videoconference of the Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine was that the Ukrainian side confirmed its plans to withdraw weapons by March 7. They vowed to complete [the withdrawal] by this date," Pushilin said.

Prisoner swap will be discussed at the next Contact Group meeting in the nearest future, he added.

The self-proclaimed Luhansk republic envoy Vladislav Deinego earlier said that the Contact Group on Ukraine plans to assess the implementation of the package of measures adopted on February 12, 2015 in Minsk at the beginning of March. "Mainly, [the Contact Group] will discuss the agreements on weaponry withdrawal and ceasefire," Deinego said.

DPR and LPR have completed heavy weaponry withdrawal in accordance with the Minsk agreements by March 1. The Ukrainian forces announced they started weaponry withdrawal on February 26.

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