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Kiev to pull back more military equipment from Donbas demarcation line — spokesman

March 04, 2015, 14:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Ukrainian army will soon begin the second stage of withdrawal, these will be 150 mm artillery pieces, a military spokesman told a news briefing
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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also reported that, in accordance with the Minsk agreement on settling the regional confllict, local militias had fully withdrawn their heavy weapons and military equipment from the line of demarcation by March 1.

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