13 days for disengagement in Donbas, OSCE to monitor 24/7, - Ukraine's negotiator Marchuk on Minsk talks outcomes

The parties have allocated 13 days for disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote, and Petrovske in the Donbas.

This was announced by Ukraine's representative on security matters in Minsk talks Yevhen Marchuk in an interview to Apostrof, Censor.NET reports.

Marchuk said that a schedule of disengagement has been agreed upon. He believes the process will start this week.

If the framework agreement reached in Minsk on Sept. 21 is fulfilled, Marchuk says, it will "launch the process of a totally new quality."

"We are talking about withdrawal of military units with armed vehicles and small arms from the contact line. All of them will be withdrawn from both sides of the front line. Three areas along the demarcation line have been chosen for this purpose," Ukraine's representative said.

They include Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote, and Petrovske in the Donetsk region. Each of the area covers four square meters. The parties shall withdraw their units for one kilometer from the contact line, Marchuk specified.

He stressed "it was only the beginning."

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"There are four more [areas] that will be agreed upon during the next round of talks. If the first experience succeeds, there will be a dozen or two more in order to gradually finish the process of units' withdrawal along the entire demarcation line, which is 426 kilometers long," Marchuk said.

The next four areas, he specified, are to the south of the initial ones.

Marchuk explained that the first three areas of disengagement are very important in terms of humanitarian situation. For instance, Stanytsia Luhanska and Zolote are homes to checkpoints between territories.

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In order to fulfill the agreements, the parties have to show OSCE representatives where their units are deployed and where they will go. OSCE will have to verify it afterwards.

The withdrawal should be symmetrical and simultaneous, for the same distance from both sides of the demarcation line, and under OSCE control, Marchuk stressed.

According to him, OSCE has obliged to monitor the situation 24/7.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n407142