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Kiev confirms withdrawal of 85mm caliber artillery to begin on Saturday in Luhansk region

October 09, 2015, 20:59 UTC+3 KIEV
According to the press centre, no ceasefire violations had been reported from Donbas during the day
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Ukrainian tanks near Mariupol, Donetsk region

Ukrainian tanks near Mariupol, Donetsk region

© AP Photo/Irina Gorbaseva

KIEV, October 9. /TASS/. Official Kiev has confirmed withdrawal of artillery of 85mm caliber will begin on Saturday in the Luhansk region.

"Under the peace agreements, the Ukrainian military are carrying out works to prepare withdrawal of artillery of 85mm caliber from the line of engagement in the Luhansk region, which will begin tomorrow, October 10," the press centre of the force operation said on its Facebook account on Friday.

According to the press centre, no ceasefire violations had been reported from Donbas during the day.

On September 29, the Trilateral Contact Group initialled a document envisaging withdrawal of weapons under 100mm calibre to a distance of 15 kilometres for the line of engagement. On the following day, the document was signed by the leaders of the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Luhansk, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky. Weapons will be pulled out in two stages. First tanks would be pulled back, then artillery and then mortars. The first stage of 15 days will be followed by a 24-day second stage. Thus, the entire weapons withdrawal process will take 41 days. The process will be monitored by the Joint Centre for Coordinate and Control (JCCC).

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