SMM to use all means to monitor disengagement

October 04, 2019 17:41

Donetsk, Oct 4 – DAN. The OSCE SMM shall closely monitor the disengagement in Donbass by means of cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles, and patrols, the misson said.

“We are ready to monitor the disengagement process. The SMM shall also monitor it distantly with caneras and UAVs on both sides of the contact line.

“The results shall be made public via our reports published on the OSCE official website.”

The Mission has welcomed the achievement of an accord on disengagement.

On October 1 the Contact Group endoresed the plan to eliminate withrawal violations in Petrovskoye and Zolotohe.

The process is expected to last 30 days beginning 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