Donetsk, Nov 9 – DAN. Ukrainian armed formations violated the ceasefire within the Petrovskoye disengagement area almost 200 times since the second pull-back took place in November 2019, the DPR mission to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) said.

"More than 59 cases of Ukrainian military personnel presence in the demilitarized zone were reported; two new trenches and position retrofitting were spotted; one incident of equipment presence was recorded; 192 ceasefire violations were reported," the statement reads.

DPR Defense also recorded UAV launches by Ukrainian forces.

"The negative dynamics of the No. 3 Petrovskoye disengagement area plan and schedule implementation testifies to the fact that the enemy is to the same extent irresponsible when It comes to the Framework Decision dated September 21, 2016. Such disregard impedes the main objective: full compliance with the ceasefire in the certain area of the contact line," JCCC said.

The framework agreement on disengagement of forces in Donbass was signed in late September 2016. The objective was to disengage the warring sides to avoid the risk of clashes and shelling. The document set three pilot security areas: Petrovskoye in the DPR and Stanitsa Luganskaya and Zolotoye in the Lugansk People’s Republic. The disengagement was finalized at all the three areas by the late 2019.

The presence of weapons and military personnel is banned in those areas. The OSCE SMM patrols are monitoring the situation.

The Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire were signed at the Contact Group meeting on July 22 to reinforce and control the indefinite ceasefire in effect since July 21, 2019, the latest in the series of more than 20 reconfirmation and announcements of the “silence regime”. The package came into effect on July 27. *ot