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POST TIME: 10 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Ukraine foes begin key troop pullback in war-torn east
AFP, Bogdanivka, Ukraine

Ukraine foes begin key troop pullback in war-torn east

The Ukrainian army and Moscow-backed separatists yesterday launched the last phase of a troop pullback ahead of a high-stakes summit with Russia, the warring sides said.

The long-awaited withdrawal of troops in the conflict-riven Donetsk and Lugansk regions is a precondition for the first face-to-face talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Paris summit, whose date has yet to be confirmed, will be mediated by the leaders of France and Germany.

“The disengagement of troops and weaponry has begun” between the villages of Petrivske in the separatist-controlled zone and Bogdanivka in Kiev-controlled territory in the Donetsk region, said a senior Ukrainian army representative, Bogdan Bondar.