Russian, Tajik troops hold joint anti-terror drills in AsiaMilitary & Defense March 27, 9:11
US calls for release of detained participants in unsanctioned rallies across RussiaWorld March 27, 6:37
Russia conducts six humanitarian operations in Syria in 24 hoursSociety & Culture March 27, 6:34
Talks on banning nuclear weapons begin in UN without Russia, USWorld March 27, 6:28
Meeting with Putin of exceptional importance for Serbia — premierWorld March 27, 4:16
Election in Moldova shows people support rapprochement with Russia — Socialist factionWorld March 27, 4:06
Former Zenit FC player Kazachenok dies at 64Sport March 27, 1:37
Russian senior MP calls on EU politicians not to hide heads in sand in Syrian settlementRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 26, 18:09
Three Russian fans stabbed after football match in BelgradeSport March 26, 3:28
MOSCOW, March 4 /TASS/. Kiev-controlled troops are preparing to withdraw more military vehicles from the line of demarcation in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, a military spokesman told a news briefing on Wednesday.
"We’ll soon begin the second stage of withdrawal, these will be 150 mm artillery pieces," Anatoly Stelmakh said, adding that Kiev expects local militias to take similar steps.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's General Staff warned that "if agreements with the self-defense forces were not observed, the Ukrainian side would make adjustments to the weapons withdrawal schedule".
Developments followed word from official representative of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin telling reporters that the authorities in Kiev had pledged to complete heavy weapons withdrawal by March 7.
The self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk also reported that, in accordance with the Minsk agreement on settling the regional confllict, local militias had fully withdrawn their heavy weapons and military equipment from the line of demarcation by March 1.