OSCE spots 26 Grad multiple rocket launchers in Russian-occupied part of Luhansk region

20:55, 23 January 2019
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The OSCE SMM continues to monitor the withdrawal of weapons in Donbas / Photo from UNIAN

"On January 22, the SMM saw 26 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) (BM-21 Grad, 122mm) near Khrustalnyi (formerly Krasnyi Luch, 56km south-west of Luhansk) in violation of withdrawal lines," the OSCE SMM said in an update covering the period from 19:30 on January 21 to 19:30 on January 22.

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On the same day, the SMM saw six towed howitzers (D-30, Lyagushka, 122mm) at a training area near Myrne (see above) beyond the withdrawal lines but outside of designated storage sites.

The day before, on January 21, an SMM mini-UAV spotted three tanks (T-64) about 1.5km north-west of Lobacheve (13km east of Luhansk). They were deployed in violation of withdrawal lines.

In addition, while visiting a heavy weapons permanent storage site in a non-government-controlled area of Luhansk region on January 22, the SMM noted that 14 self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm), ten towed howitzers (nine D-30 and one 2A65 Msta-B, 152mm) and five MLRS (two for the first time) were missing.

The OSCE SMM says it continues to monitor the withdrawal of weapons in implementation of the Memorandum and the Package of Measures and its Addendum.

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