OSCE: Russia-led forces quickly equip fortified positions near disengagement areas in Donbas
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has said Russia-led forces quickly equip their fortified positions near the disengagement areas in Donbas.
"In non-government-controlled areas, on September 15, aerial imagery available to the SMM revealed the presence of a new trench running northeast to south-west (not visible in imagery from September 2, 2019) for about 240m in a residential area in Petrivske, about 400m east of the disengagement's area eastern edge. About 900m north-east of the aforementioned trench, the aerial imagery revealed a new 70m long trench along a treeline and, about 1km further east, two new trenches (about 200 and 660m in length). About 900m north-west of the previous two trenches, the aerial imagery revealed the presence of a newly built position consisting of two trenches, both about 300m in length," the OSCE said in a daily report on September 18, 2019.
"On September 17, the SMM saw an almost finished bunker and about 20 people in camouflage clothing and about 12 trucks, a trench digger and several cranes digging trenches and semi-concealed earth works next to the road between Petrivske and Styla (non-government-controlled, 34km south of Donetsk), north-east of the Petrivske disengagement area," reads the report.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Zagorodnyuk said the disengagement of forces in Donbas would not be taking place in certain sections rather than simultaneously along the entire contact line.