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.


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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