OSCE UAV spots large number of heavy weapons in militant-controlled areas of Donbas
Observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbas say their UAV has spotted a large number of heavy weapons in areas beyond Ukraine government control in eastern Ukraine.
As the SMM continued to monitor the withdrawal of weapons in implementation of the Memorandum and the Package of Measures and its Addendum on July 30-31, its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) spotted "six multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) (BM-21 Grad, 122m) at a compound in the centre of Khrustalnyi (formerly Krasnyi Luch, 56km south-west of Luhansk) and an additional six MLRS (BM-21) north of the city, located there in violation of withdrawal lines," reads the SMM daily spot report released August 1.
The same UAV also spotted "five towed howitzers (three 2A65 Msta-B, 152mm and two 2A36 Giatsint-B, 152mm) in a compound south of Vilkhivka (40km east of Donetsk), eight MLRS (BM-21) south-west of Sadovyi (57km south-west of Luhansk) as well as, again, four self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm) near Vasylivka (47km south of Donetsk) and four self-propelled howitzers (2S1) near Starolaspa (51km south of Donetsk)."
It is also noted that beyond withdrawal lines but outside designated storage sites in non-government-controlled areas, on 30 July, the UAV "spotted 18 towed howitzers (2A65) and an anti-tank guided missile system (undetermined variant) north of Khrustalnyi and three tanks (T-64) near a training area about 3km west of Markyne (94km south of Donetsk)."
On July 31, the SMM "saw a tank (T-72) heading east in a field about 100m north of a road between Novoazovsk (40km east of Mariupol) and Siedove (106km south of Donetsk), as well as three self-propelled howitzers (2S1) in firing positions and at least 14 tanks (T-72 and T-64), some of which were in firing positions."