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Kiev ready to withdraw tanks from line of contact in Donbas — Poroshenko

March 26, 2015, 19:05 UTC+3 KIEV
Ukraine's self-proclaimed republics on Thursday accused Kiev of moving talks to the line of engagement with the militias
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Petro Poroshenko

Petro Poroshenko

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KIEV, March 26. /TASS/. Kiev is ready to withdraw tanks from the separation line in Donbas, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told a press briefing in Kharkiv on Thursday.

"We’re ready to pull back tanks today to avoid shelling," the UNIAN news agency quotes him as saying.

The Ukrainian president noted that to achieve a complete ceasefire it was necessary to ensure effective work of the joint monitoring mission and deploy observation posts with participation of experts of the monitoring center and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Poroshenko added that, after that, it was necessary to launch economic, political and humanitarian reintegration of Donbas, the agency reports.

Earlier, OSCE reported that it hadn’t yet received complete information from the parties to the conflict in Donbas on the withdrawal of heavy weapons.

On Thursday, representatives of the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk accused Kiev of moving talks to the line of engagement with the militias. According to them, tanks have been moved to the village of Kondrashovka (19 kilometers from Luhansk) and the area around the town of Selidovo (30 kilometers northwest of Donetsk).

The withdrawal of heavy weapons by both parties to the conflict from the line of contact is part of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements signed on February 12. They envisage the pullback of heavy weapons from the engagement line with the aim of creating a buffer zone 50 kilometers to 140 kilometers wide, depending on the caliber of artillery systems.

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