Troops pull out from key Ukrainian frontline town

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Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed separatists have begun withdrawing from a key front-line area in eastern Ukraine.

This was confirmed by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

A separatist official said both sides had fired coloured signalling rockets to mark both sides’ withdrawal.

A deal was agreed this month to end the Donbas region’s five-year conflict.

Under the deal, both sides were to start withdrawing from their positions in the towns of Zolote and Petrivske on 9 October.

But there were skirmishes between Ukrainian police and war veterans, who tried to prevent the troop pullout.

On 26 October Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the scene and ordered the war veterans to disarm.