Donbas militants amass military hardware beyond withdrawal lines – JCCC

13:30, 05 October 2018
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"According to the report of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission of October 4, a significant amount of militants' weapons had been spotted in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, which were deployed in violation of withdrawal lines and outside designated storage sites," as reported by the press center of Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation (JFO) on Facebook.

According to the OSCE's report, "in violation of withdrawal lines in non-government-controlled areas, on October 1, aerial imagery available to the SMM revealed the presence of three tanks (undetermined variants) in a training area 1km north of Svobodne (73km south of Donetsk)."

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"Beyond withdrawal lines but outside designated storage sites in non-government-controlled areas, on October 1, aerial imagery available to the SMM revealed the presence of 27 tanks (undetermined variant) and four surface-to-air-missile systems (undetermined variants) in a training area near Buhaivka, 11 tanks in a training area near Shymshynivka (27km south-west of Luhansk), 30 tanks (undetermined variants) in a training area near Kruhlyk (31km south-west of Luhansk), 18 tanks (undetermined variants) in a training area near Myrne (28km south-west of Luhansk) and 43 tanks (undetermined variants) in a training area near Manuilivka (65km east of Donetsk). On October 2, an SMM long-range UAV spotted 17 tanks (undetermined variants) near Buhaivka and 31 tanks (T-72) near Kruhlyk," the OSCE said in a report.

"Thus, the resourceful 'miners' dug out at least 180 tanks from their wonder-mines, and in order to provide them with fuel, they obviously opened their own oil fields," the Ukrainian side of the JCCC said, mocking a Russian propaganda narrative denying Russian weapons and ammo supplies to the occupation forces in Donbas.

Systematic obstacles are reported, set up by the Russian armed groupings to the effective work of international observers. According to the OSCE SMM report of October 4, a member of the armed formations prevented the SMM from passing through a checkpoint near Yuzhna-Lomuvatka (non-government controlled, 60km west of Luhansk).

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