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MOSCOW, October 28. /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has completed withdrawal of artillery of less than 100mm caliber from the contact line in Donbas, DPR defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Wednesday.
"Artillery of less than 100mm caliber has been withdrawn in Donetsk," Donetsk News Agency quoted Basurin as saying.
The withdrawal will be completed in three stages — firstly, from the Deblatsevo direction, then from the southern direction and lastly from the contact line near Donetsk. In accordance with the reached agreement, tanks are withdrawn first, followed by artillery weapons of less than 100mm caliber and mortars. The first stage should start two days after the complete ceasefire and finish in 15 days. The second stage will take 24 days to complete. The withdrawal will start in the "North" sector on the LPR territory and will continue in the "South" sector in DPR. The whole process of withdrawal is expected to take a total of 41 days.
The supplement to the Package of measures on implementing the Minsk Agreements from 12 February 2015 was agreed upon on September 29 at the negotiations of the Contact Group in Minsk. The supplement envisages withdrawal of tanks, artillery weapons of less than 100mm caliber, and mortars of equal to or less than 120mm caliber to a distance of 15 kilometers from the contact line in Donbas.