Ukrainian troops fire gunshots in the direction of Petrovskoye

October 09, 2019 11:26

Donetsk, Oct 9 – DAN. Kiev forces have fired gunshots in the direction of Petrovskoye where the pull-back of forces is expected to begin to eliminate violations of the Framework decision on demilitarized areas, said DPR representative at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) Ruslan Yakubov.

“A shelling with small arms has been recorded outcoming from the Ukrainian side, which is a violation of ceasefire,” he said.

The OSCE SMM patrol has recorded the incident.

“It will be reflected in their report,” Yakubov said.

The Contact Group endorsed a plan to eliminate violations in Petrovskoye (DPR) and Zolotoye (LPR) on October 1, the process is to take 30 days and to begin on October 7.

LPR and DPR representatives initialed a Framework Agreement on pullback of forces in Donbass on September 21-23, 2016, which was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya (LPR territory) and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Security zones of at least zone two km wide and two km long are to be established in each sector.

The Framework Agreement is key to further bilateral withdrawal of forces from the contact line which could significantly contribute to the peaceful settlement in the region. *ot