Donbass militia pulls back weapons with caliber under 100mm from frontline

The people's militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LNR) completed the withdrawal of armaments with caliber under 100mm from the contact line to a distance of at least three kilometers everywhere but in the Shchastya area, as of 8 p.m. on July 19, the Lugansk information center has said

The people's militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LNR) completed the withdrawal of armaments with caliber under 100mm from the contact line to a distance of at least three kilometers everywhere but in the Shchastya area, as of 8 p.m. on July 19, the Lugansk information center has said.

"All armaments with caliber under 100mm have been pulled back with the exception of the Shchastya area where tensions persist," a representative of the LNR militia stated.

"All commanders have reported the arms withdrawal. So, they have withdrawn tanks, armored personnel carriers, multipurpose APCs carrying air defense launchers and other types of weapons with caliber under 100mm," the report said.

Militiamen stationed along the contact line are now carrying only small arms, it said.

The people's militia said they were ready to pull back weapons from Shchastya on condition the Ukrainian side acted accordingly.

"Alas, as of today we have not observed similar steps by the Ukrainian army; their weapons with caliber under 100mm remain on the previous positions," the LNR militia underlined.

The militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic has withdrawn over 50 percent of weapons with a caliber of less than 100mm from the contact line and says the pullback may continue on July 21.

"We have withdrawn over half of [our] weapons with a caliber of less than 100mm stationed near the contact line to a distance of at least three kilometers. Representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission [OSCE SMM] watched the arms being withdrawn," DNR Defense Ministry senior official Eduard Basurin told Interfax.

In turn, a source in the government of the self-proclaimed republic did not rule out that the withdrawal might continue on July 20.

"Most probably, we will continue to pull back weapons today also under control of OSCE observers," the source said.

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