20 September 2017
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OSCE: militants redeploy heavy weapons in Donbas

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported that they observed weapons' movements in areas that are in violation of respective withdrawal lines.

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

"On September 19, the SMM saw an Ural truck towing a flat-bed with the mortar (120mm, 2S9 NONA) and a Kamaz truck towing a howitzer (122mm, 2A18 D-30) on Artemivska Street in Donetsk city, moving south-west. On September 19, in Luhansk city, the SMM saw a military-type truck transporting one main battle tank (MBT) (T-72 tank) west and between government-controlled Popasna (59km north-west of Luhansk) and government-controlled Troitske (69km west of Luhansk), the SMM saw two MBTs (T-64) moving north. On September 20, in the area of Novotoshkivske, the SMM saw a stationary MBT (T-64)," the OSCE SMM said in its September 21 update based on information received as of September 20, 2015

The SMM also observed the presence and movement of weapons and military equipment outside the respective withdrawal lines. On September 19, in the area of "LPR"-controlled Kruhlyk (31km south-west of Luhansk), the SMM observed 28 tanks (T64 and T72). On September 19, in the area of government-controlled Raihorodka (34km north-west of Luhansk), the SMM saw one truck towing a heavy machine-gun and a second truck towing an anti-aircraft twin auto cannon (ZU-23-2) moving west.

On September 20, in the area of between government-controlled Zolote (60km north-west of Luhansk) and "LPR"-controlled Pervomaisk (57km west of Luhansk), the SMM saw an armored personnel carrier (BTR-60) with a mounted 30mm anti-aircraft machine gun stationary at the Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoint. At a training ground in the area of "LPR"-controlled Chornukhine (65km south-west of Luhansk), the SMM saw 12 MBTs (T-64) stationary in the field.

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