OSCE spots concentration of militant heavy weapons in Donbas

10:20, 07 October 2015
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine continues to observe the concentration of heavy weapons in the occupied territories of Donbas in the east of Ukraine.

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"The SMM unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) spotted a concentration of heavy weapons in "DPR"-controlled areas. It observed 22 main battle tanks (MBTs) in the area of Sontseve (59km north-east of Mariupol), three MBTs in the area of Michurine (56km north-east of Mariupol), two self-propelled howitzers (122mm 2S1 Gvozdika) in the area north of Starolaspa (60km north-east of Mariupol) and two MBTs and other military equipment in the area of Komsomolske (73km north-east of Mariupol)," the OSCE SMM said in its October 6 update based on information received as of October 5, 2015.

In violation of the respective withdrawal lines, the SMM also observed one stationary MBT (T-64) and one stationary infantry fighting vehicle (BMP-2) equipped with one anti-tank guided missile (120mm 9K111 Fagot) respectively in different locations in the area of government-controlled Novotoshkivske (53km north-west of Luhansk) – near the line of contact.

The SMM also recorded the presence and movement of weapons and military equipment beyond the respective withdrawal lines. In "LPR"-controlled areas, the SMM observed 12 stationary self-propelled howitzers (122mm 2S1 Gvozdika) in the area of Vrubivskyi (22km south-west of Luhansk), seven towed howitzers (152mm 2A65 Msta-B) at a training ground near Uspenka (23km south-west of Luhansk), three MBTs (T-72) in the area of Myrne (28km south-west of Luhansk), and 23 MBTs (T-64) at a training ground in Kruhlyk (31km south-west of Luhansk).

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