22 Nov 2019 11:01

DPR starts to deconstruct fortifications in Petrivske pilot area

PETRIVSKE (Donbas). Nov 22 (Interfax) - The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) is deconstructing fortifications in Petrivske consistent with the schedule of disengagement of forces and hardware, an Interfax correspondent reported from the ground.

A tractor of the DPR forces is filling up trenches with earth in the presence of representatives of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination and the DPR Emergency Situations Ministry.

The Donbas conflicting sides pulled out their forces and hardware from Disengagement Area No. 3 Bohdanivka/Petrivske in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on November 12. The process was earlier accomplished in Disengagement Area No. 1 in Stanytsia Luhanska and Disengagement Area No. 2 near Zolote in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. The disengagement was followed by mine action and deconstruction of fortifications. The process is due to end on December 6, following verification by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.

The disengagement in three Donbas pilot areas is a condition of the Normandy-format summit.

The office of the French president said on November 15 that the Normandy-format summit involving leaders of France, Russia, Germany, and Ukraine was scheduled to take place in Paris on December 9.