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Heavy Arms Pullout From Ukraine Conflict Zone to Take at Least 3 Days - DPR

Sputnik News

19:23 12.02.2015(updated 20:24 12.02.2015)

DPR parliament speaker Andrei Purgin underscores that the withdrawal could start only after a sustained ceasefire has been established in the contested region, as stipulated by new peace agreements.

DONETSK (Sputnik) – The withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine could take at least three days due to technical formalities, a Donetsk people's republic (DPR) official said Thursday.

'The withdrawal will take more than two-three days, knowing how it works technically. In other words, it will involve protocols, specific correspondence, and implementation of control procedures,' DPR parliament speaker Andrei Purgin told RIA Novosti.

Purgin stressed that the withdrawal could start only after a sustained ceasefire has been established in the contested Donbas region, as stipulated by new peace agreements between Kiev and self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics.

Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France met in the Belarusian capital to try to negotiate an end to bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, after more than 5,400 people died there since the conflict broke out last April.

After the summit, a Contact Group – envoys from Russia, Ukraine, militias and the OSCE security group – signed a 12-point plan that outlined steps needed to resolve the crisis.

The new peace deal on East Ukraine standoff includes a comprehensive ceasefire in eastern Ukraine to come into effect on February 15. According to the deal, the ceasefire must be followed by the withdrawal of heavy weapons that should start 'no later than on the second day of the ceasefire and be completed within 14 days.'

Both parties agreed to pull away 100mm-caliber artillery at equal distances to create a security zone that will stretch for at least 50 kilometers (31 miles).

Multiple rocket launchers will be withdrawn even further from each other, at a distance of 70 kilometers (43.5 miles), with a maximum 140-kilometer (87 miles) security zone for multiple missile launch systems Tornado-S, Smerch, Uragan and tactical missile systems Tochka U.


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