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OSCE reports 30 militant tanks near Ukrainian Mariupol

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported that its unmanned aerial vehicle spotted groups of main battle tanks (MBTs) in several militant-held villages near the Ukrainian-controlled city of Mariupol in Donetsk region.

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"The SMM unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) spotted, in violation of the respective withdrawal lines, two MBTs (type unknown) in "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR")-controlled  Michurine (55km north-east of Mariupol), two MBTs in "DPR"-controlled Bezimenne (29km east of Mariupol), and 20 MBTs in "DPR"-controlled Sontseve (61m north-east of Mariupol)," the mission said on October 3 in its update, which is based on information received as of October 2, 2015.

"The UAV also recorded beyond the respective withdrawal lines six MBTs, 26 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), and at least 15 military trucks in the area of "DPR"-controlled Komsomolske (74km north-east of Mariupol). It spotted at least 12 APCs and several military trucks in Bezimenne," the report said.

The SMM said it had visited five Ukrainian Armed Forces heavy weapons holding areas corresponding with the withdrawal lines, and observed that some of the weapons were being relocated to two nearby sites, one of which was in a populated settlement. "One of the locations was found empty of weapons where the SMM had recorded 12 towed anti-tank guns (MT-12 Rapira, 100mm) during its previous visit on August 15," the update said.

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