that have happened in Ukraine today
General Staff: ATO Forces Completed the Withdrawal of Tanks
in the Lugansk Region
The armistice in Donbas has allowed Ukrainian troops to complete the withdrawal of tanks in the Lugansk region within the first stage of the withdrawal of weapons with a calibre of less than 100mm, the ATO press-centre reported on Wednesday morning.
“The enemy fully observed the armistice in the ATO area throughout the day yesterday,” the General Staff announced.
“This armistice gave us a chance to complete the withdrawal of tanks in the Lugansk region within the first stage.”
After announcements about repositioning equipment, OSCE representatives will ensure for several days whether the procedures are followed.
After that the second stage of the withdrawal of weapons with a calibre of less than 100 mm should be launched. This time anti-tank weapons would have to be withdrawn.
Klimkin: Elections in Donbass Possible
Only After Foreign Troops Have Been Pulled Out
Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin announced that elections in the occupied territories of Donbass would be possible only after the withdrawal of foreign troops and foreign equipment.
The statement was made by the minister from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada, while reporting on results of the Paris meeting with the leaders of France, Germany and Russia.
Klimkin also stressed that a preliminary conclusion on the possibility to hold elections in the occupied territories would have to be issued by the OSCE.
Belkovsky: Ultimate Putin's Goal - Negotiations on Redivision of the World
The ultimate goal of Putin is to make the USA and EU enter negotiations on redivision of the world, and re-enactment of the Yalta Potsdam system, Radio Liberty reported with a reference to a Russian political analyst, Stanislav Belkovsky.
According to him, neither operations in Donbas, nor in Syria are self-sufficient for Putin.
He also said that Kyiv had managed to demonstrate in recent days its capability to manipulate the PRD and PRL governments through France, Germany, and Russia's leadership.
ATO Headquarters Receive Information
Proving the Withdrawal of Armaments by Rebels
According to the preliminary information, rebels have started pulling back weapons with a calibre of less than 100mm, a spokesman for the Presidential Administration on ATO issues, Andriy Lysenko, told journalists on Wednesday.
"We do have the information that the enemy is also withdrawing weapons," he noted.
Turkey: Only 2 out of 57 Russian Air Strikes Aimed at IDIL Positions
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday that Russian air strikes in Syria were weakening the fight against Islamic State and warned that Turkey would not compromise on border security after Russian warplanes violated its air space.
Russian aircraft twice entered Turkish air space at the weekend and Turkey says an unidentified MIG-29 harassed its jets on Monday, prompting the foreign ministry to summon the Russian ambassador three times in protest.
NATO on Tuesday rejected Moscow's explanation that its warplanes had violated alliance member Turkey's air space by mistake and said Russia was sending more ground troops to Syria and building up its naval presence.
Presidential Administration: Russia Employs New Hybrid Methods against Ukraine
"The enemy is shifting to different means of the hybrid war. We will witness how they use methods of attrition war, psychological unbalancing, and methods of working with both personnel and freed soldiers, political circles. The ultimate goal of these methods is to undermine trust, for as long as soldiers do not trust their command, the army can be defeated," Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Rostyslav Pavlenko said at a meeting with deputy commanders in Kyiv on Wednesday, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.
ATO Headquarters: No Casualties in the ATO Area in the Past 24 Hours
The armistice was fully observed in the ATO area; no casualties were reported in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Presidential Administration on ATO issues, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing.
"There is good news. There were no rebel provocations along the demarcation line and no Ukrainian soldier died or was wounded," he said.