Donbas militants show OSCE smaller weapons prepared for withdrawal

23:15, 22 July 2015
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has announced Russian-backed militants have shown OSCE observers the weapons with a caliber under 100mm that are being prepared for withdrawal from the contact line in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

OSCE observers were allowed to visit two militant-controlled villages in Donetsk region / Photo from facebook.com/ato.news

"The SMM were escorted by "DPR" ["Donetsk People's Republic"] members to two locations near the "DPR"-controlled villages of Sanzharivka (67km northeast of Donetsk) and Ozeryanivka (33km north-east of Donetsk) to observe the relocation of weapons with a caliber under 100mm," the OSCE SMM said in its update based on information received as of 19:30 Kyiv time on July 21, 2015.

"At one location the SMM saw nine infantry fighting vehicles (BMP-1), eight of which were parked by a treeline next to open ground approximately 10km (by road) away from the contact line. In another location the SMM saw one main battle tank (MBT) (T-72) and six BMP-1 being moved to an area next to open ground, approximately 10km (by road) away from the contact line," the update read.

The SMM recorded the registration and chassis serial numbers of the equipment.

"The SMM was escorted by one "LPR" ["Lugansk People's Republic"] "military police" vehicle to an area near "LPR"-controlled Kirovsk (50km north-west of Luhansk) to observe the withdrawal of weaponry (two MBT, three infantry fighting vehicles, three multi-purpose light-armored towing vehicles) away from the contact line," the update said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has instructed the Ukrainian members of the Trilateral Contact Group for the settlement of the Donbas conflict to sign an agreement that would guarantee the creation of a 30-km-wide buffer strip along the contact line in Donbas.

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