OSCE monitors spot about 30 howitzers in Russia-occupied areas in Donbas
Members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine have spotted about 30 different howitzers in Russia-occupied areas in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.
"In non-government-controlled areas, an SMM mini-UAV on March 14 spotted: 16 self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm), 14 towed howitzers (D-30 Lyagushka, 122mm) and three anti-tank guns (MT-12 Rapira, 100mm) in a training area near Buhaivka (37km south-west of Luhansk) and an anti-tank gun (MT-12) near Perevalsk (38km west of Luhansk)," the OSCE said in an update based on information received as of 19:30 Kyiv time on March 18, 2019.
On March 17, an SMM mini-UAV spotted six tanks (probable T-64) and a probable self-propelled howitzer (2S3 Akatsiya, 152mm) in Luhansk city.
They were beyond withdrawal lines but outside of designated storage sites, the OSCE said.
What is more, OSCE observers spotted over 35 tanks in Russia-occupied Donbas.
In particular, an SMM mini-UAV on March 14 spotted 11 tanks (T-64), including one with its barrel missing, in a training area near Shymshynivka (27km south-west of Luhansk) and 25 tanks (T-64), including one with its barrel missing, nine towed mortars (2B11 Sani, 120mm) and four surface-to-air missile systems (9K35) in a training area near Buhaivka.
An SMM mini-UAV spotted an automatic jamming system (R-330Zh, Zhitel) on a KamAZ-4310 and a radio-electronic jamming complex (Tirada-2) near Yuzhna-Lomuvatka (60km west of Luhansk) in non-government-controlled areas.