Ukraine, Russian-Backed Rebels Have Begun Their Donbass Village Withdrawal

Servicemen of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic walk to board a truck near the settlement of Petrovskoye (Petrivske), which is located in a disengagement area near the contact line with the Ukrainian armed forces in Donetsk region, Ukraine November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Reuters: Ukraine, Russian-backed rebels begin Donbass village withdrawal

PETRIVSKE, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels began withdrawing from a village in the disputed Donbass region on Saturday, one of a series of measures that could pave the way for a summit between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany.

Fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed fighters in the eastern region has killed more than 13,000 since 2014, with both sides accusing each other of violating a ceasefire that was agreed in the Belarus capital Minsk in 2015.

Relations between Ukraine and Russia collapsed following Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014, which prompted Western sanctions.

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WNU Editor: They had a delay for a few days, but it looks like it has been resolved. This withdrawal is critical to get to the next stage in resolving this war, which is a meeting between Presidents Zelensky and Putin.

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