On October 9th, Ukraine sabotaged the disengagement of forces in Eastern Ukraine that was supposed to take place in the Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas.
The DPR representative at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) Ruslan Yakubov said that the Ukrainian side sabotaged the plans.
“Today, October 9, Ukrainian armed formations derailed the plan on the renewal of disengagement of forces in the Petrovskoye area endorsed by the Contact Group. Ukraine has failed to send a notification the OSCE SMM on its readiness to disengage forces and hardware,” he said.
He noted that Kiev had not sent a notification of readiness for disengagement to the OSCE mission.
According to him, on October 9, the withdrawal of forces in the Petrovsky area was to begin, representatives of the republic launched a signal rocket several times, notifying that the DPR was ready to begin the process, but there was no response from the Ukrainian security forces.
“Accordingly, through the fault of the Ukrainian side, the process to eliminate the violations recorded by the OSCE SMM did not begin. Tomorrow a second attempt will be made to resume the challenge,” the representative of the department added.
Ukraine ignored several DPR signals on the readiness to embark on the process, Yakubov said.
Earlier in the day, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM Mark Etherington arrived to Petrovskoye to monitor the renewal of disengagement.
Ukrainian Nationalists protested in Kiev against the disengagement, which on October 7th was also sabotaged, because Ukraine alleged that the DPR and LPR had breached the ceasefire and there was a 7-day period of calm before a disengagement could happen. There is no such period agreed.
The Contact Group endorsed a plan to eliminate violations in Petrovskoye (DPR) and Zolotoye (LPR) on October 1st, the process is to take 30 days and to begin on October 7th.
The head of the press service of the LPR People’s Militia, Yakov Osadchiy, told RIA Novosti that the authorities of the People’s Republic called on international organizations to influence Kiev in order to stop provocations near the power-separation station.
He recalled that the first reports of shelling of the territory of the LPR came around 21:35 local time on October 8th, when the 72nd brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire from BMP-1 and small arms at the Zolotoe- 5 checkpoint.
“We also do not exclude that the organizers of such a provocation could have been nationalists who arrived the day before in the checkpoint of Zolotoe-4“ the LPR People’s Militia press service said.
The nationalists in question are Azov battalion members, who went there to have a protest and impede the disengagement.
In turn, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine explained the delay was due to three mortar shelling on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Zolotoye area, which occurred on October 9th around 10.25 local time.
The situation on the demarcation line was commented on by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov.
“Let’s wait, whether or not the disengagement of forces will happen today. The presidents and not just the president of Russia will personally decide on the Normandy Format meeting,” the head of the press service said.
On October 10th, both the DPR and LPR have shot their signal rockets showing that they are prepared for the disengagement to begin, with nothing yet from the Ukrainian side.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the “veterans” from the Nazi-infested volunteer battalions need to be talked to and asked to peacefully leave so the disengagement could happen.
“Even a fool can do it by force. You see, this is the wrong approach. You need to talk with the veterans, explain your position, explain the president’s position, explain your public position, a position just like a person,” Zelensky said during a press conference.
At the same time, he said that he considered the presence of armed ‘vetersans’ [in fact members of illegal armed groups] in Zolotoye wrong.
“Let’s be honest, if there are veterans there, I respect them, but if they arrived armed, then this is wrong,” he added.
Essentially, it showed that the Ukrainian government has no political willpower to carry out its part of the agreements it put its signature on.
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