Column of military equipment enters Donetsk on Thursday night

11:01, 19 June 2015

A column of military vehicles moved through the town of Shakhtarsk in Russian-backed militant-held Ukrainian territory on June 18 at about 2000, according to Ukrainian online news service Informator.


According to local residents, the column was moving in the direction of Donetsk.

The convoy consisted of 13 T-72 tanks with Kontakt reactive armor, five BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, one Ural truck and one Kamaz truck.

Russian-made T-72B3 tanks are equipped with the Kontakt-5 reactive armor system. Russia denies sending troops tanks, and other weapons into Ukraine, but a large and growing body of evidence indicates that it in fact does so regularly.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the OSCE special monitoring mission recorded a significant concentration of military hardware to the north-east of Mariupol.

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