The OSCE Special Representative to the Trilateral Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in Eastern Ukraine, Martin Sajdik, confirmed on October 29 that the separation of forces has resumed in Zolotoye (Lugansk region), the BELTA agency reports.
According to Sajdik, the sides confirmed their readiness to start the separation of forces by firing white and green signal flares. He added that a discussion on separation in Petrovskoye was to take place the same day in Minsk.
The Lugansk People’s Republic also confirmed the information about the separation of forces. Later, the chief of the Press Center of the Ukrainian military operation staff in Donbass confirmed this information too, although previously he denied that any movement of forces had begun.
The separation of forces is taking place according to an agreement signed in September 2016. The process started at that time, but later the sides returned to their initial positions. The implementation of the agreement only resumed after the new president of Ukraine was elected. The separation near the Luganskaya settlement under this agreement took place on June 30, 2019.
A third segment of the contact line where the separation of forces of the opposing sides is planned is located near the town of Petrovskoye. The Ukrainian side failed to respond to of the repeated white flare signals fired by the DPR’s People’s Militia.
The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in Eastern Ukraine are planning to discuss the separation of forces at a meeting in Minsk on October 29.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency