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OSCE cannot confirm heavy weapons withdrawal completed in Donbass - LPR negotiator

March 11, 2015, 3:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission in Ukraine confirms only the process, but not the fact that the heavy weapons withdrawal from the contact line in Donbass has been completed, the chief negotiator of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic said on Wednesday.

"The essence of the Minsk agreement is to create a security zone free from heavy weapons, and not to show the process of the withdrawal," Deinego was quoted by the LuganskInformCentre agency as saying.

"Unfortunately, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) says nothing to confirm the fact that there is no heavy weaponry in the areas where the withdrawal is envisaged by the plan and schedule agreed by the sides," he said.

Deinego stressed that "the continuing shellings from the territories controlled by Ukraine show the opposite."

The February 12 set of measures agreed in Minsk envisages the pull-out of all heavy weapons by both sides to equal distance with the aim of creating a security zone on at least 50 kilometers apart for artillery systems of 100 mm caliber or more, a security zone of 70 kilometers for multiple rocket launchers (MLRS) and 140 kilometers for MLRS Tornado-S, Uragan and Smerch, and the tactical missile systems Tochka-U.

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