MOSCOW, November 10. /TASS/. The reconnaissance service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in the southeast of Ukraine has detected redeployment of Ukrainian army’s combat helicopters, artillery and tanks to the conflict zone near Gorlovka, DPR defense spokesman Eduard Basurin told a briefing on Tuesday.
"We have become aware of arrival of two squadrons of combat helicopters to the Konstantinovka settlement, presence of tanks in the Zhovanka settlement, and artillery - comprising four self-propelled artillery systems - in the Novoselovka settlement," he is quoted by the Donetsk News Agency.
A new process of weaponry withdrawal is currently underway in the region. Under the Minsk agreements, tanks should be withdrawn first from the contact line, after that - artillery with calibre under 100 mm and then - mortars with calibre under 120 mm. The withdrawal was planned to be completed by November 10.
Since September 1, the sides to the Ukrainian conflict agreed a complete cessation of fire along the contact line in line with the Minsk peace deal. The ceasefire became the main condition for a new withdrawal of weapons in compliance with the document initialed by the Contact Group on September 29 and later signed by the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and Kiev as well.
On September 29, the Trilateral Contact Group initialed a document envisaging withdrawal of weapons under 100 mm calibre to a distance of 15 kilometres for the line of engagement. In line with the agreement, the Ukrainian military are due to pull the weapons back from the current contact line while the militias of the self-proclaimed republics from the line determined on September 19, 2014, when first agreements on ceasefire were achieved and the Contact Group signed a memorandum on cessation of fire.