Russian-led forces pull 21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems near occupied Luhansk
Russian-led forces have pulled 21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems near the occupied city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
"In violation of withdrawal lines in non-government controlled areas, on September 12, an SMM long-range UAV spotted 14 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) (BM-21 Grad, 122mm) near Khrustalnyi (formerly Krasnyi Luch, 56km south-west of Luhansk) and seven MLRS (BM-21) near Miusynsk (62km south-west of Luhansk)," the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) said in its update on September 14 on the basis of information received as of 19:30 on September 13, 2018.
According to the update, beyond withdrawal lines but outside designated storage sites in non-government-controlled areas, on September 12, an SMM long-range UAV spotted a tank (type unknown), 23 towed howitzers (four 2A36 Giatsint-B, 152mm; four D-30 Lyagushka, 122mm; and 15 2A65 Msta-B, 152mm) and ten self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm) near Khrustalnyi and 15 tanks (undetermined variant), ten self-propelled howitzers (2S1), 12 towed howitzers (D-30) and four surface-to-air missile systems (9K35 Strela-10) near Miusynsk.
"In violation of withdrawal lines in government-controlled areas, the SMM saw eight MLRS (BM-21) near Malynivka (82km north of Donetsk)," it said.