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Kiev forces complete first stage of weapons withdrawal in Luhansk region

October 07, 2015, 8:47 UTC+3 KIEV

The OSCE will carry out the verification of the withdrawal within several days

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KIEV, October 7. /TASS/. Kiev forces have withdrawn tanks from the contact line in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, the headquarters of the military operation confirmed on Wednesday.

"The ceasefire on the frontline has allowed completing the withdrawal of tanks in the Luhansk region as part of the first stage," the statement posted on the Facebook page has said.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will carry out the verification of the withdrawal within several days. International monitors will check the compliance of the vehicles plates and the relocation sites of tanks to 15 kilometers from the contact line.

At the meeting on September 29, the Contact Group for settlement in Ukraine initialed a document on withdrawing weapons with caliber under 100mm and tanks to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from the contact line in Donbas.

A day later, the agreement was signed by the heads of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, Igor Plotnitsky and Alexander Zakharchenko. The weapons withdrawal is due to be held in two stages.

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