Aerial imagery available to the SMM revealed the presence of 21 tanks on Aug 5 / Photo from UNIAN

Observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine have reported that they spotted twenty-four T-72 tanks of the Russian occupation forces in eastern Ukraine on August 6, 2018, alone.

"The SMM continued to monitor the withdrawal of weapons in implementation of the Memorandum and the Package of Measures and its Addendum. Beyond withdrawal lines but outside designated storage sites in non-government-controlled areas, on August 6, a long-range SMM unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) spotted 14 tanks (T-72) near Ternove (57km east of Donetsk) and ten tanks (T-72) near Pokrovka (36km east of Donetsk)," the OSCE SMM said in an update based on information received as of 19:30 Kyiv time on August 7, 2018.

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According to the observers, aerial imagery available to the SMM revealed the presence of 21 tanks (type undetermined) near Ternove on August 5.

What is more, in non-government-controlled areas, a long-range SMM UAV on August 6 spotted a surveillance and acquisition radar (P-19) near Rozivka (37km north-east of Donetsk), as well as an armoured personnel carrier (APC) (BTR-80) and an armoured reconnaissance vehicle (BDRM-2) near Kalmiuske (formerly Komsomolske, 42km south-east of Donetsk).

"On August 7, the SMM saw three APCs (MT-LB) (two of which with an anti-aircraft gun (ZU-23, 23mm) mounted on top) near Pervomaisk (58km west of Luhansk)," the update said.