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Statement by Natalia Nikonorova in connection with the beginning of the resumption of disengagement in the area of Petrovskoe

On November 9, in accordance with the schedule approved by the Contact Group, a stage of practical actions has begun to eliminate violations of the separation of forces and hardware in the Petrovskoe-Bogdanovka pilot site.

All relevant rockets were launched from both sides as a signal of readiness to begin resuming disengagement. Thus, the process of eliminating violations at the Petrovskoe-Bogdanovka site, previously disengagement in 2016, can be considered as started one, and it must be completed within three days from the start.

We welcome the fact that the Ukrainian party was finally able to begin  practical actions to implement the agreements reached in Minsk. In case if Kiev completes the process of eliminating the violations, it will serve as a positive step towards the conflict de-escalation.