Separation of Forces Completed Near Petrivske in Donetsk Region
11 November, 2019

The Joint Forces Operation HQ has informed Hromadske that the active phase of the separation of forces has been completed according to schedule.

"Three full days have passed since the beginning of the disengagement on November 11, at 12 p.m., in the area of separation No. 3, near the settlements of Bohdanivka and Petrivske — the forces and equipment have been separated," the HQ said.

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The Ukrainian side is meant to report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the OSCE that the separation has been completed on November 11. They will then verify the fact using a drone.

“Tomorrow is the start of the next phase — mines are to be cleared by the State Emergency Service team. According to the schedule, the landmine clearance should be completed in a week,” the HQ added.

The separation of forces and means near Petrivske and Bohdanivka in the Donetsk region synchronously started on November 9 by the Ukrainian side and militants of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People’s Republic". The active phase lasted three days.

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Petrivske is currently controlled by the militants. The settlement on the Ukrainian government-controlled territory is called Bohdanivka. No troops left either village. The forces moved out one kilometer in opposite directions from the field, where, in the event of an improvement in the overall situation, an additional crossing point may be opened in the future.