OSCE reports build-up of heavy weapons near ruined airport in Russia-occupied Luhansk
Members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine have reported that they spotted a build-up of Russia-led forces' heavy weapons near the ruined airport in the occupied city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
"On May 1, the SMM saw seven self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm), seven multiple launch rocket systems (BM-21 Grad, 122mm), and ten towed howitzers (five 2A65 Msta-B, 152mm and five D-30 Lyagushka, 122mm) at the former Luhansk international airport about 10km south of Luhansk city," the OSCE SMM said on its website on May 2 in an update based on information as of 19:30 local time on May 1.
The weapons are there in violation of withdrawal lines, it said.
It also reported about weapons beyond withdrawal lines but outside of designated storage sites in the non-government-controlled areas.
"On May 1, the SMM saw six surface-to-air missile systems (9K35 Strela-10) and seven tanks (T-72) at the former Luhansk international airport about 10km south of Luhansk city," the update said.
The SMM says its monitors continued to monitor the withdrawal of weapons in implementation of the Memorandum and the Package of Measures and its Addendum.