OSCE spots heavy weapons of militants not withdrawn as agreed
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine once again records military hardware massed up beyond locations determined by the Minsk agreements, that’s according to an SMM report published on October 19.
“The SMM unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) continued to spot concentrations of military equipment in violation of the respective withdrawal lines. In “DPR”-controlled locations the UAVs observed the following hardware: two main battle tanks (MBT) in the area of Bezimenne (29km east of Mariupol), 26 MBTs and one mobile air defence missile system (9K35 Strela-10M, 120mm) in the area of Sontseve (57km south-east of Donetsk), three MBTs in the area of Michurine (55km north-east of Mariupol), two self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm) in the area of Petrivske (42km south-east of Donetsk), and two self-propelled howitzers (2S1Gvozdika, 122mm) in the area of Oktiabr (28km north-east of Mariupol),” reads the report.
It is also noted that the SMM UAV “experienced jamming over “DPR”-controlled Zaichenko (25km north-east of Mariupol).”
The SMM UAVs also spotted six MBTs “six MBTs in the area of “DPR”-controlled Komsomolske (43km south-east of Donetsk),” which is “beyond the respective withdrawal lines.”
Read alsoOSCE: Militants still keep heavy weapons near contact line in DonbasAs UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced on October 2 after the Normandy Four meeting that the Ukrainian Armed Forces would start withdrawing military equipment and weapons with caliber under 100 mm from the contact line in Donbas.
On October 16, the ATO press center stated that the Ukrainian military had completed the withdrawal of weapons with caliber under 100 mm in Sector A of the ATO zone in Donbas, in Luhansk region.