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Ukrainian govt insisting on pullback of its weapons from 4 Donbass districts only

August 30, 2015, 22:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"A definite roadmap exists and should be fulfilled", - said the plenipotentiary representative of the DPR in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin
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The plenipotentiary representative of the DPR in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin

The plenipotentiary representative of the DPR in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin

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MOSCOW, August 30. /TASS/. Kiev government's position on the withdrawal of weapons with the caliber under 100 mm boils down to demilitarization of four separate districts rather then the entire line of disengagement something that the authorities of the self-proclaimed unrecognized Donetsk People's Republic insist on and something the DPR self-defence forces have already done, Denis Pushilin, the plenipotentiary representative of the DPR in the Contact Group for settling the armed civil conflict in eastern Ukraine said on Sunday.

"We demand that the Ukrainian armed units withdraw their armored vehicles from the entire line of disengagement, while Kiev insists on four problem points only", Pushilin said about the position taken by the Ukrainian negotiators.

Meetings of three subgroups of the Contact Group the ones for political, economic and humanitarian issues ended in Minsk on August 26, while the subgroup for security continued working with an interval on August 27.

DPR officials hoped an agreement on the pullback of weapons with calibers under 100 mm would be achieved exactly at the latter meeting but the parties to the talks failed to produce a conclusive document eventually.

Pushilin once again raised the problem of the Ukrainian initiative to set up logistical centers on the line of contact separating the pro-Kiev units and the self-defence forces, saying the implementation of that idea could undermine the September 2014 and February 2015 Minsk accords.

"A definite roadmap exists and should be fulfilled, while inventions of new things and revisions of the Complex of Measures (for the implementation of the Minsk accords TASS) are wrong as a minimum," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him. "As a maximum, they will bring about a disruption of the Minsk accords and that's inadmissible".

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