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    Representatives of the Donbas self-proclaimed people's republics have signed documents on the withdrawal of heavy arms from the region.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Representatives of the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR) in southeastern Ukraine have agreed on heavy weaponry withdrawal from the region, the Ukrainian Ukrainska Pravda online newspaper reports.

    "An hour ago Russian representative at the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination [JCCC], [Lt. Gen.] Alexander Lentsov signed documents on the withdrawal of heavy arms [from Donbas] with [DPR leader Alexander] Zakharchenko and before that with [LPR head Igor] Plotnitsky," Petro Kanonik, a Ukrainian representative at the JCCC, said Saturday as quoted by Ukrainska Pravda.

    "Zero hour begins starting from tomorrow, February 22," Kanonik added.

    Plotnitsky signed a heavy weaponry withdrawal plan along with representative of the Ukrainian armed forces at the JCCC, Maj. Gen. Oleksandr Rozmaznyn, on Friday.

    The pullout of Kiev's and Donbas militia's heavy weaponry from the contact line is one of the measures agreed upon by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany in Minsk earlier this month.

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    According to the Minsk agreements, the withdrawal must start no later than the second day after the beginning of the ceasefire and has to be completed in a 14-days period. It is to be monitored by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

    The ceasefire in Donbas entered into force on February 15, and, according to OSCE, it has been generally observed.

    On Thursday, a senior military commander in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin stated that DPR has withdrawn a total of eight 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled guns, six D-30 Howitzers and six Grad multiple-launch rocket systems from the line of contact with Kiev forces.

    On Saturday, Alexander Hug, the deputy chief monitor of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, stressed that the organization still needs to receive an inventory of heavy weapons and their present and future locations from both the Kiev forces and independence fighters.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

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    Ukraine, Igor Plotnitsky, Alexander Zakharchenko, Donetsk People’s Republic, Luhansk People’s Republic, Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC), weaponry withdrawal
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