Chapter proclaimed Donetsk national Republic Alexander Zakharchenko has called the withdrawal of militias from Shirokino a goodwill gesture ahead of talks in Minsk.
"Before the meeting in Minsk (held July 7) We have made a goodwill gesture, showing that you can solve problems by political means – made Shirokino from the conflict zone, a zone of peace ", – he said. According to him, currently the settlement is placed under the supervision of the joint Center for monitoring and coordination of ceasefire and stabilization of the line of demarcation, reports " Donetsk news Agency ".
"If the Ukrainians will go to the abandoned Village, it will become a trap for them, and not a springboard, – Zakharchenko added.– in a tactical sense Shirokino does not provide any advantages. Politically, however, what counts ". For its part the Deputy head of the special OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine Alexander hug said that the OSCE does not need Autonomous observation post, which only Authorized the OSCE, in Shirokino." If SCCC will establish an observation post, We have no need in a separate paragraph. We can do it, but only when the situation is safe ", – he said. Hug also added that he nourishes the hope that the military operations in the locality will not resume. In addition, the OSCE will monitor the situation in this area. The number of patrols that will work in Shirokino, until not called. First on Sunday, the head of the defense Ministry proclaimed Donetsk national Republic Vladimir Kononov said that the Ukrainian Military did not withdraw its troops from Shirokino according to the plan of demilitarization. Yesterday in the General center of observation and coordination of the ceasefire reported that Kiev had opposed the inclusion of authorized DND on the Supervisory group in Shirokino. On Thursday, the Ministry of defense of Ukraine assured that from residential settlements Shirokino displayed all the militia units. The village Shirokino is located on the shore of the sea of Azov between Mariupol (controlled by Ukrainian security forces and Donetsk region (controlled by the militia DND). In early February Shirokino was taken by the soldiers of the Ukrainian battalion " Azov ", but then retreated. Since then, the two sides continue in this area of so-called artillery and mortar duels.