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    According to a special operations military spokesman deployed in Lugansk, Ukrainian military on Wednesday began withdrawing mortars in the country’s eastern region of Lugansk.

    KIEV, (Sputnik) – The Ukrainian military on Wednesday began withdrawing mortars in the country’s eastern region of Lugansk and will begin removing artillery next week, a special operations military spokesman deployed in Lugansk said.

    “Today, the second stage will begin [with the withdrawing] mortars, and on Monday or Tuesday, the third stage will begin [with the withdrawing] of artillery, which is the D-48 and D-44 with a caliber of 85mm,” Ruslan Tkachuk said on Ukraine’s 112-Ukraina television channel.

    Tkachuk said that the first stage that included the withdrawal of tanks was completed on Tuesday.

    On September 29, an agreement on the withdrawal of tanks and weaponry of less than 100mm caliber from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine was reached in Minsk. The agreement was ratified by Kiev and the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics the following day. According to the deal, the sides have 41 days to fully withdraw.

    The agreement was prepared in August by a security subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation, including representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.


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