A member of Ukrainian armed forces stands guard as residents walk through a check point located on the contact line between pro-Moscow rebels and Ukrainian troops, in the settlement of Stanytsia Luhanska in Luhansk region, Ukraine, October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Reuters: Ukraine military postpones withdrawal from town, cites rebel shelling
Ukraine's military on Sunday postponed a planned parallel withdrawal with pro-Russian separatists from Stanytsa Luhanska, a town on the eastern frontline, saying rebels had disregarded the agreement by firing artillery at Ukrainian positions.
In September, the two sides agreed a pilot de-escalation project in three small towns - part of a push to revive a much-violated ceasefire and end a conflict that has killed over 9,600 since early 2014.
"The separation of forces and equipment which was planned for today was postponed," said General Borys Kremenetsky, Ukraine's representative to the ceasefire coordination center.
"The main reason is the continuation of shelling along the line of separation. I would say there has been an increase over the last few days and use of heavy artillery," he told journalists.
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WNU Editor: This story is no longer on the front pages in the West .... but the fighting and the growing bitterness of many residents in eastern Ukraine over the conflict is continuing with no let-up in this low-intensity but deadly war.