Disinfo: Ukrainian troops leave their positions on the demarcation line due to poor provision and living conditions


Ukrainian military began to leave positions at the demarcation line with the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, due to poor provision and living conditions. The Ukrainian generals are trying to reason with the officers, but they still don’t want to fight in Donbas.



The withdrawal of troops from the line of demarcation in the Luhansk region is not related to reasons mentioned by the representative of "LPR".  The Ukrainian army is implementing the Framework Decision of the Trilateral Contact Group on the disengagement of forces and military hardware in the Donbas, which was signed in 2016.

According to the OSCE, the situation is calm and stable.

Yashar Halit Chevik, head of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine, welcomed the willingness of the parties, expressed at the recent meeting of the Tripartite Contact Group, to begin the disengagement of forces and equipment at the agreed site in the Stanitsa Luhanskaya area.

You can find more disinformation cases about Ukrainian army here.


  • Reported in: Issue156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Military, LPR, Donbas


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