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Petro Poroshenko announces creation of 30-km buffer zone in ATO zone and withdrawal of heavy weapons

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko ordered the representatives of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group to sign with the OSCE and representatives of Russia the agreement, which would ensure the creation of a 30-kilometer buffer zone along the contact line in the Donbas.
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During his speech in Severodonetsk, Petro Poroshenko reported that in a few days there would begin withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line under control of the OSCE, Joinfo.ua reports.

“I can tell you the latest news from Minsk. I ordered the members of our Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine to immediately sign with the OSCE and the Russian side, which is a party to the Trilateral Contact Group, an agreement that would guarantee the establishment of a 30-km buffer zone along the contact line, withdrawal of the artillery left, withdrawal of the tanks and mortars. And yesterday our diplomatic efforts were successful. Yesterday in Minsk at the insistence of our diplomats and the OSCE the proposal of the Ukrainian side was accepted. And in a few days there will start a countdown for the withdrawal of all heavy weapons under the control of the OSCE,” the President said.

It should be recalled that yesterday in Minsk was held a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group. There was prepared the text of the agreement on withdrawal of weapons under 100 mm.

Also there was discussed the transfer of prisoners from the prisons of Donbas and liberation of captives. The representative of Ukraine Iryna Herashchenko said that Ukraine had addressed to the OSCE and ICRC with a request to send its representatives to the trials of Nadiya Savchenko and Oleg Sentsov starting in Rostov. It was also agreed that the Red Cross could join the international procedure of transfer of prisoners serving their sentences in prisons in the occupied territories.