Separatists open fire following withdrawal of troops from demarcation line

After the withdrawal of troops, separatists opened fire with grenade launchers in the Luhansk region near the Novo-Aleksandrovka settlement, the press officer of the Luhansk sector of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Valentin Shevchenko, said on-air with Channel 5.

According to Shevchenko, the parties withdrew forces from the Zolote settlement in the Luhansk region; specifically, forces were withdrawn by 1 km along the front line.

The press officer said that a few minutes after the withdrawal, separatists opened fire using grenade launchers near Novo-Aleksandrovka.

“On the outskirts of Zolote the withdrawal of troops was conducted at the distance specified by the representatives of the OSCE. After the appropriate signal soldiers serving at the observation posts retreated to a certain distance [...] Also, representatives from the OSCE mission confirmed that on the other side there also was a withdrawal of troops to the set distance. They do not report the number of troops,” Shevchenko said.

On September 21 an agreement was signed in Minsk, according to which Ukrainian forces and separatists must withdraw from the demarcation line at three locations: near the village of Stanitsa Luhanska, Zolote and Petrovske.

The agreement became active on September 22. It should be completed within 13 days, provided that the cease fire is upheld for 7 days in these areas.

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