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Donetsk republic forces begin tanks withdrawal from Gorlovka

October 22, 2015, 10:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The first convoy of ten T-72 and T-64 tanks has been already stationed on a special ground near Khartsyzk, to the east of Donetsk, DPR defense ministry corps headquarters chief says
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MOSCOW, October 22. /TASS/. The forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have started withdrawing tanks from the contact line near Gorlovka, DPR defense ministry corps headquarters chief said on Thursday.

The first convoy of ten T-72 and T-64 tanks has been already stationed on a special ground near Khartsyzk, to the east of Donetsk, Ruslan Yakubov told the Donetsk news agency.

"We have withdrawn 10 tanks, the equipment is already in the hangar," he said.

The process is monitored by the representatives of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) and the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

On October 20 and October 21, the DPR forces withdrew tanks in the Debaltsevo and "southern" directions.

Under the latest agreements reached in Minsk, the sides are due to withdraw tanks first, then artillery weapons and mortars with caliber under 120mm during the third stage. DPR’s defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said the withdrawal is due to be completed by November 10.

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