Donetsk, Mar 19 - DAN. Ukrainian armed formations have opened sniper fire within the boundaries of the Bogdanovka-Petrovskoye security zone, the Donetsk People’s Republic Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination reported on Thursday.

“At 13:20, sniper fire from Ukrainian armed formations in Bogdanovka towards Petrovskoye (within the boundaries of disengagement zone No 3) was recorded,” the report said.

The Petrovskoye village is located next to the contact line some 40 kilometres south of Donetsk. Bogdanovka-Petrovskoye is one of the three pilot disengagement areas in Donbass, in accordance with the Framework Agreement signed by the Contact Group participants in Minsk in September 2016.

The conflicting parties disengaged back in October 2016, but later on, Ukrainian troops returned to their positions. It was only in November 2019 that the sides fully withdrew their units, however, Ukrainian forces organised new positions in the zone in March 2020.*jk