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News ID: 6424
Publish Date: 9:37 - 24 February 2015
DONETSK, February 24. /TASS/. Militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people's republic on Tuesday morning started a full-scale heavy weaponry withdrawal from the separation line, the DPR's Defence Ministry spokesman, Eduard Basurin, said.
 "Today at 9 a.m. our units continued the pullback of heavy weaponry from the separation line," Basurin was quoted by the Donetsk news agency as saying. Some 96 pieces of artillery weapons D-30 are to be withdrawn from Debaltsevo, Gorlovka, Donetsk and Telmanovo.
    
The joint centre for control and coordination of the ceasefire earlier reported that the Donetsk and Lugansk militias had initiated the weaponry pullout already on February 18.
   
The weaponry withdrawal is expected to last for around two weeks in line with the Minsk agreements, announced after more than 16 hours of discussions in the Belarusian capital on February 12.
    
Under the new Minsk accords, the Ukrainian army will withdraw weaponry from the actual engagement line while the Donetsk and Lugansk republics' militias will pull out weapons from the line defined by the September Minsk memorandum.

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