OSCE records militant heavy weapons in Luhansk, Donetsk

10:46, 20 April 2016
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has said it recorded the deployment of heavy weapons, including Grad MLRS, in the militant-controlled cities of Luhansk and Donetsk.

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"In violation of the respective withdrawal lines, the SMM saw seven multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS; BM-21 Grad, 122mm), seven self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm), and ten towed howitzers (five 2A65 Msta-B, 152mm, and five D-30 Lyagushka, 122mm) in Luhansk city," the OSCE SMM said in its daily update based on information received as of 19:30 local time on Monday, April 18, 2016.

Read alsoOSCE SMM says pro-Russian militants threaten to open fire at monitors if close to Ukraine ArmyAt the same time, at a military-type compound in Leninskyi district of DPR-controlled Donetsk city, the SMM observed five surface-to-air missile systems (9K35 Strela-10, 120mm). The SMM also observed one surface-to-air missile system (9K33 Osa, 120mm) in an area east of Avdiyivka.

In addition, the SMM spotted six self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm) near government-controlled Maryinka (23km south-west of Donetsk).

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